Competition promises to be a classic
THE best teen musicians from across the country will go head- to- head at this year’s National Youth Music Competition (NYMC).
The 19 contestants are some of the best classical musicians in the country between the ages of 14 and 19, and will be performing in front of a panel of industry professionals for more than R145 000 in cash prizes for the top three performers in five categories: piano, woodwind, brass, strings, and the miscellaneous instruments, such as harp and marimba.
The event is aimed at classical musicians, who are too young to qualify for other competitions in the same vein, and helps launch their musical careers earlier. Simply being considered good enough to compete in the NYMC is an enormous task on its own.
“Just being selected for the competition is already an achievement for each of the participants,” said NYMC chairman, Michael Maas.
“The competition demands stamina, technical excellence and strong interpretive skill as the youngsters are to compete over four rounds, playing an extensive repertoire of works.”
One of the competitors, Keon Muller, 14, from Bloubergstrand said: “To be selected for the competition is a great honour. It recognises the long hours of hard work and provides immense insight on how tough the market for classical musicians is.”
Qden Blaauw, 14, from De Tijger said: “This competition is in a class of its own. Competitors don’t play one piece and win if another con- testant makes a mistake. It takes stamina and diligence, as we have to play works from different periods.”
The competition takes place from October 9-13 at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow.
Tickets for the final gala concert on October 13 can be bought through Computicket at R120 and entrance is free for the first three rounds. For more information, visit www.nymc.co.za
Celebrating their selection for this year’s National Youth Music Competition are Qden Blaauw, 14, Keon Muller, 14, Dylan Crous, 17, and Nicola McLachlan, 19.
Dylan Crous, Qden Blaauw and Keon Muller on the stage of the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, where the competition will take place from October 9-13.