Western Art Music
This award, funded by a magnanimous bequest from the late Maisie Flink, is offered every fourth year as part of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships for Keyboard Players, and is intended to encourage promising young South African pianists.
Maisie Flink studied the piano in South Africa with various teachers, the most important of whom was Adolph Hallis, and obtained her LTCL aged only 16. She later undertook several periods of advanced study in New York with the Russian émigré Nadia Reisenberg, who had herself been a pupil at the St Petersburg Conservatoire of the famous piano pedagogue Leonid Nikolaev. Through Reisenberg’s mentorship, Maisie Flink gave the first South African performances of major modern Russian piano works, in addition to her acclaimed performances of a wide variety of other repertoire, not only as a concerto-soloist, but also as a recitalist, chamber-player and accompanist.
These activities were complemented by some 3 decades as a Unisa Music examiner, as well as many years – almost until her death, aged 83, in 1998 – as an active member of the South African Society of Music Teachers and the Johannesburg Musical Society.