Over the weekend, young pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins was announced as the ATKV MUZIQ winner.
ATKV MUZIQ is one of the largest classical musical competitions in the country designed to encourage young musicians.
Young musicians between the ages of 15 to 27 years use the platform provided by the competition to showcase their talent.
The current ATKV MUZIQ winner, Prins was a student at the University of Stellenbosch. He expressed his surprise and gratitude for being chosen among many other talented youths.
“I am extremely honoured to be the winner of this competition where there are so many talented musicians, so it is a bit unexpected for me.”
The talented pianist who is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music in America, will be spending the next two years on his doctoral degree.
Flute player, Tatiana Thaele took the second place, while the third place went to another pianist, Sulayman Human.
The ATKV said such platform is very important to support the classical music industry.
Executive Director at ATKV, Japie Gouws, commented that: “The reason why we are doing this is because we want to create a platform because there is so much talent in South Africa and there are not enough places where they can be heard and be seen.”
Apparently, there was a massive turnout in terms of number of entries and the passion of those who participated in the competition.
Going by this, South Africa will continue to produce high-class classical musicians for donkey years to come.
The fact still remains that there are a lot of ripe talents roaming the streets of South Africa without anyone noticing.
Therefore, platforms such as the ATKV MUZIQ must be launched more often, lest the talents slip away.