Prize winners announced at Unisa Flute and Clarinet Competition

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Concertgoers who attended the final two rounds of the 1st Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition on Friday 14 February and ending on Saturday 15 February were treated to top the prick of the crop – a feast of six different clarinet and flute concertos performed by the finalists along with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the British conductor Julian Clayton.

The highlight of the competition was on Saturday evening when the announcement was made of the two first prize winners: Matvey Demin from Russia won the first prize in the flute category and Sang Yoon Kim from the Republic of Korea took the first prize in the clarinet category.
They both received R200 000. Apart from the main prizes, sponsored by Unisa, several special prizes were awarded. Matvey Demin received a further R22 500 in special prizes and Sang Yoon R6 750.
 

Matvey Demin (Russia), Photo credit: Shooheima Champion

Second prize was awarded to Valentin Uryupin (Russia, clarinet), third prize to Lilja Steininger (Germany, flute), fourth prize to Angelo Montanaro (Italy, clarinet) and fifth prize to Alexey Morozov (Russia, flute).
 

Sang Yoon Kim (Republic of Korea), Photo credit: Shooheima Champion

Sang Yoon Kim played the tremendously popular Clarinet Concerto by Mozart and Matvey Demin gave a polished and brilliant performance of the French composer Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto.

During the prize giving ceremony the Artistic Director of the competition, Prof. Karendra Devroop announced that the winners will be invited to perform in Venezuela. This was organised by Prof Valdemar Rodríguez who served on the panel of adjudicators.

A special prize was awarded to Xue Su (China, flute) for the most promising semi-finalist who did not go through to the final round, as voted for  by the shadow jury.

Parallel to the official adjudicating, the shadow jury was also voting as part of the education programme linked to the competition. This programme was established to give young South African musicians the opportunity to hone their critical listening skills and prepare them for positions such as music examiners.

One of the adjudicators, Susan Milan, thanked the organisers for the “superb organisation and clear, impeccably fair rules” for the adjudicators as well as Unisa’s continued support for an event of this calibre.

The first prize winners will be invited back to South Africa for a concert tour next year.

Enquiries at Alet Joubert, Unisa Music Foundation;

Tel: 012 429 3336/3311
Cell: 084 763 4079

 www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation

 


 

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