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Saturday, July 18, 2015


(Kyle Shepherd, Marcel Dednam & Lungelo Ngcobo. Pic by Shooheima Champion)

The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition is in its final stage.

Among the three semi-finalists in the Jazz Category was Lungelo Ngcobo from Durban. The first half of the final round will be dedicated to the jazz finalists, each performing in a trio setup with seasoned musicians Rob Watson (drums) and Victor Masondo (bass). The names of the finalists in the Jazz Category will be announced after conclusion of the third round session for the Jazz Category.

Finalists in the Classical Category They are Willem de Beer from Pretoria and Megan-Geoffrey Prins from Riversdale. These two candidates have competed against nine other talented and dedicated young pianists and have performed almost two hours of memorized music that was near flawless, before passing through to the final round with orchestra.

The final round takes place on July 18 at 19h00 in the Z K Matthews Great Hall at Unisa in Pretoria. Willem de Beer will perform the fourth piano concerto by Beethoven, followed by Rachmaninov’s third concerto performed by Megan-Geoffrey Prins.

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Eric Rycroft. Tickets for the final round are sold at Computicket. The two piano concertos will be performed after interval.

For more information, the Unisa Music Foundation can be contacted at 012 429 3336 or