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Young star applies his life motto for national music competition

Keon Müller

Saxophonist Keon Müller, 15, from Sunningdale in Cape Town, is home-schooled but receives music training at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Last year, he was one the youngest contestants at the National Youth Music Competition (NYMC). The rising star's music career started at age seven, doing clarinet lessons with Charlene Saayman. Four years later he added lessons on the saxophone with Liam Burden at the music centre. He loves both instruments equally.

With the life motto: If you make mistakes, try and try again, he has eyes firmly set on a career in music.

The young musician inherited his passion for music from his mother who plays the keyboards and the organ.

Over the years he has received numerous awards at various Eisteddfods for the top Clarinet and Saxophone player in the Junior and Senior divisions. He was placed on the Roll of Honour at UNISA in 2015 and 2016 for Theory and in 2016 for his Saxophone Practical where he was awarded the Hennie Joubert Merit Prize. He is also a member of the Hugo Lambrechts Senior Wind Band and the Symphony Orchestra.

Although he doesn't have a specific favourite composer at this stage, he entered the NYMC to improve his playing and to gain experience in performing in front of an audience. He practises on average nine hours per week and his family actually welcomes these sessions.

Some of his other achievements include being a finalist at the Hugo Lambrechts 30th Anniversary Competition in 2016 on Saxophone. In the same year he was the winner of the Woodwind Category at the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition, the next year he came 2nd in the competition and also won the Mini Maestro's and the Johan Vos Piccolo Competition on clarinet. He performed as a soloist in 2017 at the Klassiek Fabriek Program on clarinet and at the Greyton Music Festival with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra on saxophone.

Last year, Keon won the Johan Vos Junior Wind Category on Saxophone. At the NYMC he received the Michael Masote prize for the most promising candidate in the Woodwind Category. He also performed as a soloist at the Badisa Gala Fundraising Event.

He likes to go for walks in his free time.