Young pi­anist prom­ises pas­sion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THEM­BEKA DLAMUKA

IMAN BUL­BU­LIA, a 14-year-old pi­anist, prom­ises to daz­zle the au­di­ence with her per­for­mance at the fi­nals of the 2016 Na­tional Youth Com­pe­ti­tion.

Fol­low­ing three days of de­mand­ing rounds, she made it through to tonight’s fi­nals.

She said she was over­joyed and priv­i­leged to be given the op­por­tu­nity to play with the Cape Phil­har­monic Orches­tra. She prom­ises to bring “pas­sion and style” to her per­for­mance.

Iman is one of the six fi­nal­ists per­form­ing with the orches­tra un­der the ba­ton of Bran­don Phillips.

This will be fol­lowed by a clos­ing cer­e­mony and the an­nounce­ment of the win­ners. Cash and other prizes to­talling R150 000 as well as gold, sil­ver and bronze medals will be awarded.

The com­pe­ti­tion is cel­e­brat­ing 33 years and has suc­cess­fully nur­tured many young per­form­ers, dis­cov­er­ing dozens of top mu­si­cians such as Pi­eter Schoe­man (con­duc­tor of the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orches­tra) and Jef­frey Arm­strong (leader of the Cape Town Phil­har­monic Youth Orches­tra), Su­lay­man Hu­man, Sakhile Hum­bane and Eben Wa­gen­stroom.

It is the third largest mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion for clas­si­cal mu­si­cians in South Africa and caters for emerg­ing mu­si­cians who are be­low the age limit for the Unisa In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion and the Afrikaanse Taal Kul­tuur Verenig­ing Muziq com­pe­ti­tion.

Bul­bu­lia was born in Jo­han­nes­burg but lives be­tween Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg when she is not trav­el­ling over­seas.

The Grade 10 pupil is be­ing home- schooled, which gives her the flex­i­bil­ity to fo­cus on her mu­sic.

She started pi­ano lessons at the age of 4 and since then has won nu­mer­ous prizes and awards. In July she de­buted at the Wiener Saal at the Mozar­teum in Salzburg, the birth place of Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart. Based on her out­stand­ing per­for­mance, she has been in­vited to per­form at a con­cert in Carnegie Hall in March next year.

The fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion are at the Hugo Lam­brechts Mu­sic Cen­tre, Parow, at 7.30pm tonight.


Iman Bul­bu­lia

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