as told to Anri Stenden Christelle Engelbrecht, a third year piano student at our School of Music, also attended the UNISA International Piano Competition and had some great stories to share from her own experiences: “For the first time in the history of piano competitions, a jazz competition ran parallel to a Classical competition and I was lucky enough to be there. I really wish that every Conservatory student could.
as told to Anri Stenden This year’s brag worthy 13th UNISA International Piano Competition was not only exciting and near-overflowing with young talent, the competition was also the first piano competition worldwide to feature a Classical and a jazz category! With candidates and adjudicators from twenty-two different countries (including Romania, Taiwan, Russia, the USA and the Netherlands), and Prof Karendra Devroop as Artistic Director of the competition, the combined expertise.
An alumnus of the School of Music, Pierre van der Westhuizen, was appointed in January 2012 as the executive director of one of the most prominent classical music competitions, the Cleveland International Piano Competition. At this year’s competition in August, he had already added his own touch to the proceedings with several innovations and expansions. The Huffington Post recently rated this competition as the best of the American summer season.