Two music students from the Music Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have walked away with the top prizes at the national instrumental classical music competition, ATKV-Muziq, which was held on 29 July in Parow, Cape Town.
Twenty-four year old pianist and Masters degree student Sulayman Human (photo) was named the overall winner of the competition and received a prize R65 000 while Cameron Williams (saxophone), a second-year BMus student, received the overall second prize of R32 000. Both students also received additional prizes of R8 500 each with Human receiving the prize for the Best Interpretation of a Baroque or Classical Work for his rendition of Mozart's Sonata no. 10 in C major, K330; III. Allegretto and Williams receiving it for the Best Interpretation of a South African Composition during the Second Round for his rendition of A. Stephenson's Introduction and Allegro. The overall third prize of R16 000 was awarded to Jeffrey Armstrong (violin).
ATKV-Muziq is the biggest and most prestigious annual classical music competition in South Africa, with previous winners including international award-winning pianists Ben Schoeman and Megan-Geoffrey Prins. Through the competition ATKV makes a contribution to classical music in South Africa. The competition is open to young musicians between the ages of 15 and 27 with a total of R180 000 in prize money awarded to the winners.
Photo: Pianist and Masters degree student Sulayman Human was the overall winner of the ATKV-Muziq competition this year. (Supplied)