Hosted since 1982, and rotating classes yearly, the College of South Africa’s (UNISA) String Competitors, in Pretoria, South Africa, introduced its 2022 prizes.
At the moment pursuing his Grasp’s diploma on the Universität der Künste Berlin within the studio of Jens Peter Maintz, Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng obtained R230,000 (US $15,370) along with two particular prizes — one of the best efficiency of a Baroque work within the first spherical in addition to one of the best efficiency of the South African work by A. Johnston or H. Hofmeyr, sponsored by the James Verwey Memorial Belief. Every particular prize awarded Cheng an additional R15,000 (US $990).
The second and third prizes have been awarded to South-Korean Yeongkwang Lee (R140,000 / US $9,200) and Clara Saitkoulov (R100,000 / US $6,580) from France, respectively.
At the moment, Cheng performs on the c.1696 “Bonjour” Stradivari cello and the c.1830 Shaw Adam bow, generously on mortgage from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Financial institution as First Laureate of their 2018 Competitors.
The 2022 jury (classical) comprised: Eddy Marcano, Susan Moutan, Ksenia Milas, Hannah Suhyoung Eichberg, Gernot Winischhofer and Karendra Devroop (chair).
Former first prize winners embrace violinist Benjamin Schmidt, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and soprano René Flemming.