Four stars set to sparkle in SAMRO piano finals


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The battle lines are drawn as four young pianists prepare to duel during the finals of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition on Saturday night.

Jazz Finalists Nicholas Williams and Ntando Ncgapu with SAMRO Foundation's Chairman and MD.
Jazz Finalists Nicholas Williams and Ntando Ncgapu with SAMRO Foundation’s Chairman and MD.

For the first time, the event will be live-streamed online on the SAMRO Foundation Facebook page. Tune in on Saturday, 26 August 2017, from 7pm and follow all the action and excitement live on #OSchols.

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Following Thursday’s semi-final round at UNISA’s ZK Matthews Hall in Pretoria, the following finalists topped the judges’ score sheets: Nicholas Williams and Ntando Ngcapu (Jazz), and Willem de Beer and Megan-Geoffrey Prins (Western Art Music).

Western Art Music Finalists
Western Art Music Finalists

Williams (31) and Prins (26), both from Cape Town, were the two runners-up in the 2013 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for keyboard players. Tshwane University of Technology music graduate Ngcapu (26) hails from Soweto and De Beer (25) is studying towards his Master’s degree in music at the University of Pretoria.

The four will now perform before a live audience and a panel of adjudicators at the same venue during the final round of this year’s competition for keyboard players on Saturday.

In their crosshairs will be the two R200 000 scholarships that are up for grabs, as well as runner-up prizes of R70 000. All 12 semi-finalists stand in line to win a host of other prizes, including merit awards, prizes for the best performance of a South African work, the SAMRO Flink Award of R30 000, the SAMRO De Waal Award of R8 000 and the SAMRO Fisher Awards of R6 500 each.

Additionally, there will be a range of exhibitions and foyer performances at the event, including Spanish DJ and Concerts SA Programme Manager DJ Nachiet, the Field Band Foundation, Deon Eshelby and Sons Pianos, Music in Africa, Zindala Zombili, ANFASA and DALRO.

Tickets can be bought on and live streaming on the night can be found on the SAMRO Foundation’s Facebook page. For more information, visit

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