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2017 NYMC category winner returns in 2019

David Cyster

At his first try at the 2017 National Youth Music Competition (NYMC), clarinettist David Cyster, 19, from Kuils River enjoyed immediate success, going through to the final round of the contest. He also clinched the Woodwind Category Prize as well as the Leon Hartshorne Prize.

At the age of seven, the young musician took an interest after watching a kid's television series, called Little Einsteins. In one of the episodes on orchestral instruments, he fell in love with the sound of the clarinet.

Last year, the rising star took a sabbatical from the competition to focus on his matric and he is currently a first-year music student at the University of Stellenbosch. His first clarinet teacher was Charlene Saayman and later Liam Burden, both of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Hailing from a family where music is second nature, David also plays the piano and is currently learning to play the cello loving all three instruments equally. Both his parents sing and his mother plays the flute and the saxophone. His brother plays the piano and the classical guitar.

The promising clarinettist has won several awards with his music at various eisteddfods, as well as the Sport and Culture Award at El Shaddai, his alma mater. His dream is to perform all over the world on completion of his studies.

Ernesto Cavallini

David's favourite composer is Ernesto Cavallini, explaining that he is a clarinet composer who has added a wealth of knowledge to the clarinet repertoire. For his return to the NYMC, the young musician try to practice as many hours as possible per day. He entered the NYMC again as he loves to perform, especially the chance to play his favourite piece with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO).

He became a member of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) in 2018.