Sunday Tribune

Young muso plays tune of success

Pianist makes the cut for concert


DREAMING of becoming a truly great pianist, Chatsworth lad, Ethan Mackenzie took a step closer when he made the cut for the KZN Young Performers Concert that will happen at the Playhouse Drama Theatre on Saturday.

The pianist outplayed other young hopefuls to land a slot in the musical production which will feature 15 of KZN’S most promising music talents and is supported by the KZN Philharmon­ic Orchestra.

The concert is a collaborat­ion between the KZN Philharmon­ic Orchestra and the South African Society of Music Teachers and showcased the skills of young orchestral and vocal performers.

The occasion will be the first time the 14-year-old Kharwastan Secondary School muso will perform with an orchestra,

After a rigorous open audition process that took place last year, Mackenzie was among two pianists selected.

He is currently attending MG Music School in Northdene, Queensburg­h, where he is trained by music teacher, Melissa Greyvenste­in.

As the concert nears, Mackenzie said he had mixed emotions.

“I am honoured for the opportunit­y to play alongside the KZN Philharmon­ic Orchestra because I’ve been eyeing an opportunit­y to play in a concert of this magnitude for over two years but I’m very nervous,” he confessed.

He said that his interest in music began at the age of eight, when he began playing the piano after experienci­ng an emotional connection to the instrument, and music lessons followed.

“I felt a wave of emotions come over me the very first time I played the piano and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

Mackenzie said he still experience­d the same emotions each time his fingers caressed a keyboard, and he can’t wait to turn profession­al.

“My parents motivate me every day to play to my potential and push past the obstacles at the same time.”

Previously Mackenzie’s daily practice sessions would last 30 minutes. But he upped his efforts to longer daily sessions in preparatio­n for the concert.

Next on the radar for the youngster is making the grade to attend renowned music school, Trinity College in London, which could propel him towards an internatio­nal music career.

He also wants to inspire other children who have an inclinatio­n towards music.

Tickets for the concert are available through Computicke­t at R40 for adults and R25 for pupils.

 ??  ?? Ethan Mackenzie (14) will be playing with the KZN Philharmon­ic Orchestra at City Hall, showing a love of music at his young age.
Ethan Mackenzie (14) will be playing with the KZN Philharmon­ic Orchestra at City Hall, showing a love of music at his young age.

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