Com­pe­ti­tion prom­ises to be a clas­sic

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

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

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.

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