Free State violinist claims gold at Sanlam

Violinist Bonolo Kgaile, a product of the Mangaung Strings development project in Bloemfontein, won gold at the 22nd Sanlam National Music Competition.

Other than last year when pianists dominated, the different music disciplines had a more even share of the spoils at the final of the 22nd Sanlam National Music Competition at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow on Friday, September 24.

Violinist Bonolo Kgaile, a product of the Mangaung Strings development project in Bloemfontein and learner at Sentraal High, put the cherry on her relatively short music career by winning the gold medal. She is a student of Francois Henkins and also won the strings category prize for development candidates.

Hot on her heals, in a tie for the silver medal, were Danielle Rossouw on clarinet and Henley Jun on piano. Pianist Landi Schaap (11) from Lynnwood, Pretoria and student of Claudine van Breda took bronze, equalling her feat of last year.

Jun (12), from Rhenish Primary at Stellenbosch and student of Mario Nell, came from nowhere and also claimed the piano category prize.

Rossouw (12), in grade 7 at Welgemoed Primary in Bellville and student of Leon Hartshorne of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow, won the section Woodwinds & Brass. She added to that the prize for the best execution of a South African composition for her interpretation of Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Canto Notturno and also the Tygerberg Prize for the best participant instructed by a member of the SASMT: Tygerberg.

The other two category prizes went to:

– Nicholas Bosman (11, on violin) in Grade 5 at Mikro in Kuils River and student of Elzaan Coetzee (Strings); and

– Althea Steynberg (11, on recorder), student of Tiensie-Louise Lategan, from Roodepoort (Other Instruments).

Dimunitive pianist Iman Bulbulia (8) from Kingsmead Primary, Johannesburg and a student of Anna Chen, was considered the most promising participant in the age group 10 and younger.

Also playing in the final round of eight were pianists Heleen Ferreira (12) from Anton van Wouw Primary School, Pretoria (another Van Breda student) and Annerike du Plessis (11), Lynnwood Primary, Pretoria (student of Gisela Scriba), and violinist Inge Lubbe (12), St Mary’s DSG, Pretoria (student of Hester Wohlitz).

Apart from their other prizes, the four category winners also received Unisa bursaries for their next exams at this university.

A category for students in music development programmes for disadvantaged areas was introduced this year. In this section Kgaile, apart from the strings prize, were adjudged the most promising student. With no entrants in the Piano and Other categories, prizes were awarded to

– Woodwinds & Brass: Kelly-Ann Bailey (13, De Kuilen, Kuils River) from the Silversands programme; and Chad Chetty (13, Lawson Brown Primary, Port Elizabeth) from the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Music Investment Project, both on clarinet; and

– Strings: Ramabole Rampeta (12, Fauna Primary, Bloemfontein) from Mangaung Strings on violin; and Sakie Ndala (13, Mamelodi Primary, Pretoria) on cello.

The competition is presented annually in four categories (Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Brass Instruments, and Other Instruments, like percussion, recorder, classical guitar and harp) by the Tygerberg Branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers. The participants are selected after auditions in the main centres of SA.

The purpose is to identify promising music learners and to give them the opportunity to compete at national level at an early stage. It is the only one at this level in SA and has already put a number of young South African musicians on the road to (even international) acclaim and successful careers in music.

The competition took place in the auditorium at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow. The 70 participants from virtually all over South Africa in the first two rounds were narrowed down to 23 for the third round before eight (four pianists, three violinists and one clarinetist) made it to the final round.

Media enquiries: Leon Hartshorne 082 417 7921

Issued on behalf of Sanlam and SASMT (Tygerberg) by
André Coetzee, media consultant 083 709 7065 Account:
Andre Coetzee
021 947 2567
083 709 7065
Sanlam (click Other, then Cultural Initiatives on left)


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