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Closing date: 12 July 2019
Competition dates: 30,31 August and 1 September 2019

SASMT ENSEMBLE COMPETITION

Music making is inherently a lonesome pursuit in comparison to sports where activities are much more social. To counteract this isolation, it is essential to bring musicians together to play and enhance the joy of music-making through sharing it with others. Many lasting friendships and relationships have started because of playing music together with others.

Ensemble playing should form an integral part in the training of all musicians. Personal development, reduction of performance anxiety and skills such as listening, rhythmic stability and sight-reading are but a few components that can be improved by collaborative playing. Vivid memories of joyous piano duets with my mother were the inspiration to make the idea of an ensemble competition for learners a reality. The fun of playing Schubert Marches, Mozart Sonatas and Moszkowski Spanish Dances must already have planted the first seed for a love for ensemble playing, which later became a passion. To make music with other s is rewarding, offers new insights and fosters love for a total ly new repertoire.

The competition is aimed at developing young musicians through collaborative participation and by encouraging the enjoyment of performing with others. Another objective is to foster an understanding, love and appreciation for ensemble music as well as the performance thereof among young musicians.

Why a competition and not a festival? Our schools and much of our society is driven by competition. Although there are many opportunities for individuals to compete, collaborative groups are not regularly catered for. After speaking to several music teachers and ensemble enthusiasts it became clear that the idea of an ensemble competition was feasible, and plans started to take shape. In September 2017 the first SASMT Pretoria Ensemble Competition took place. It would be the first competition of this nature to be held in the northern region of South Africa. Our goal was to create an opportunity for young musicians to compete in groups, rather than placing the focus on solo performance. The feed-back was overwhelmingly positive, culminating in the decision to make this an annual event.

We are looking forward to making a success of this vision and it is gratifying to see sponsors getting on board with our ideas. We cannot wait for 2019!

Banking details:

The South African Society of Music Teachers
Nedbank
Hatfield branch
Cheque account: 1602165610
Reference: “SPEC & name of ensemble”.
Proof of payment to be sent to gisela@scriba.co.za

Contact Details:

Coordinator: Gisela Scriba
Tel: 082 774 3027
Email: gisela@scriba.co.za

JUDGES PANEL
Musicians, teachers & more

Clorinda Panebianco

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Clorinda Panebianco


Clorinda is a senior lecturer in the department of music at the University of Pretoria since 2007. She completed her DMus in musicology at the University of Pretoria in 2001. Following her interest in psychology an MA in Psychology for Musicians at the University of Sheffield in 2013 (cum laude). She lectures music history and music psychology, and supervises numerous postgraduate students. Clorinda peer reviews for local and international journals, and regularly acts as external examiner for postgraduate studies at various universities across South Africa. She is an NRF rated researcher. Her research currently is focuses on health and well-being issues in professional and amateur performing artists. She has presented at several national and international conferences. Aside from her academic activities Clorinda regularly adjudicates at eisteddfods and music competitions. As an oboist she frequently plays with various professional orchestras, ensembles and community orchestras.

Tinus Botha

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Tinus Botha

Tinus Botha


Pianist and educator Tinus Botha has been the recipient of several awards, including the silver medal at the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition for high school students in Wellington (1994), the UNISA South African Music Scholarship (1995), the prestigious DJ Roode Overseas Scholarship (1996), and the Gertrude Buchanan Prize (1998). He was also a finalist and prize winner in the first Nederburg South African National Piano Competition (1998) and performed as soloist with a number of orchestras in South Africa.

He has had master classes with renowned teachers such as Andzrej Jasinski, Maria Gineva, Gustavo Romero, Timothy Ehlen, Martino Tirimo, Fabio Bidini, Russell Sherman, and Zhou Guangren, among others. In 1999 he was one of ten young pianists worldwide chosen to attend the summer festival of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California as a full scholarship student of Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School of Music). In January 2000 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas to pursue graduate studies under the tutelage of renowned pianists José Feghali and Harold Martina.

He performs widely as soloist, collaborator and chamber musician, and appeared in many cities in South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. He served as one of the official accompanists at the 2006 Unisa International Singing Competition, as well as the 2010 International Strings Competition. He is in demand as examiner and adjudicator and acts as external examiner for various South African universities.

In April 2008, his formal studies were concluded with the conferral of the DMus (Performing Arts) degree by the University of Pretoria under the guidance of Joseph Stanford. He is currently associate professor of piano at North-West University in Potchefstroom, as well as president of the South African chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association. He was appointed as editor of The South African Music Teacher in July 2018.

Zanta Hofmeyr

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Zanta Hofmeyr

Zanta Hofmeyr


Zanta Hofmeyr graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. After her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weil recital hall), she returned to South Africa in 1985. Zanta teaches violin in Johannesburg and at the University of the Witwatersrand. She often acts as string coach for youth orchestras and has been on the faculty of chamber music festivals in the USA and Stellenbosch, SA. She performs regularly as soloist with symphony orchestras in South Africa and was lauded for her performances of the Britten, Beethoven and Bruch concerti. In 2016 she performed the 10 Beethoven sonatas with Bulgarian pianist Ilia Radoslavov touring SA and the US. She has several recordings with different artists of which the latest are French sonatas and three Beethoven sonatas. In 2016 she served as adjudicator at the Rudolfo Lipizer international violin competition in Italy. She is a member of the Wits Trio and with her trio colleague, Susan Mouton she performed the Brahms Double concerto in 2018. The Trio has just returned from Grahamstown where they performed the Schubert Trios at the National Arts Festival. With Malcolm Nay she recorded Romantic Violin pieces and they are well-known as a duo partnership performing with performances of the major violin and piano repertoire. In 2019 she received a Fiësta award with fellow violinist, Miro Chakaryan and pianist Olive Sandilands for their ‘Violin Dialogue’ concert.

RULES & REGULATIONS 2019

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CONTACT US

Coordinator: Gisela Scriba
Tel: 082 774 3027
gisela@scriba.co.za