South Africa’s gold medallists of instrumental music were announced on Saturday night during the SAMRO Foundation’s 2012 Overseas Scholarships Competition.
In what is arguably our own local youth music Olympiad, 24-year-old Avigail Bushakevitz (violin) and 21-year-old Darren English (trumpet) were named the winners of the two R170 000 scholarships for international study in the Western Art Music and Jazz/Popular Music categories, respectively.
These golden young instrumentalists have already shown that they have what it takes to make waves as professional musicians, and are now receiving an additional kick-start to their careers in the form of this prestigious music study award.
On Saturday, 18 August 2012, the SABC’s M1 studio in Johannesburg was the battleground for a lively music duel between the two finalists in each category.
This followed the intermediate live performance round on Thursday, when six semi-finalists in Western Art and Jazz/Popular Music were whittled down to two contenders in each genre. They had previously made it through the “heats”, during which candidates were evaluated on original recordings they had submitted to SAMRO.