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Finalists Gala Programme

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WA Mozart Overture from The Magic Flute
D Earl Viola Concerto
• Allegro molto (2nd movement)
• Adagio (4th movement)
Soloist: Emile de Roubaix
R Schumann Cello Concerto in A. Minor, Op. 129
• 1 st Movement
Soloist: Alexander Whitehead
H Hofmeyr Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
Soloist: Cameron Williams
F Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 25
• 3 rd Movement
Soloist: Nao Matsushita


H Hofmeyr Concerto per Marimba e Orchestra D’ Archi
• Fantastico
• Come un lament sommesso
• Allegro Vivace
Soloist: Emilio February
A Stephenson Fantasy (2015) for Harp and Strings
Soloist: Lisa Britz
E Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
• 1 st Movement
Soloist: Iman Bulbulia
J Strauss II Kaiser-Waltzer


Announcement of Prize Winners

15 years old
Instrument: Cello
Teacher: Takao Mizushima

Alexander started playing the cello at the age of four with Jacinth Powell in Melbourne. At the age of seven he became a student of Takao Mizushima and continued to study with him via Skype after moving to South Africa.

Alexander has won several prizes at eisteddfodds and has been a finalist at the SAMRO competition three times.

In 2012 he won third prize and in 2014 he was declared the overall winner of the SAMRO Hugo van der Spuy Competition. He attends St Johns College in Johannesburg and is currently in Grade 10.

Cameron Williams

Alto/Soprano Saxophones

19 years old
Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Teacher: Arisa Voges

Cameron Williams has won prizes in competitions including the Philip H Moore and Il Vento woodwind competitions and was a soloist with the Simfonia Juventi youth orchestra in 2014. He has had masterclasses from teachers including Dr Mark Botha, Danre Strydom, Rob Buckland and Andy Scott from the RNCM; and Ferdinand Steiner from the Mozarteum Salzburg as part of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

He has earned Grade 8 certificates in saxophone, clarinet, theory and piano. Cameron is currently in his first year of a BMus degree at the University of Stellenbosch and is a student of Arisa Voges.

14 years old
Instrument: Piano
Teacher: Pauline Nossel

Nao was born Japan and is currently a Grade 8 learner at Brescia House School in Johannesburg.

While in Japan, she achieved a distinction in the PITINA Piano Competition and received a silver award in the Glenzen Piano Competition.

In 2014 she was a semi-finalist in the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition. In 2015 she was semi-finalist in the Philip H Moore Music Competition and at the Johannesburg Festival for the Advancement of Music she received three awards – one for the most memorable performance of a classical work, the best performance of a work by Chopin and another for the most promising pianist under the age of sixteen.

At this year’s Johannesburg Festival for the Advancement of Music, Nao received awards for the most promising pianist in the category 14 years and younger; best performance of an impressionist piece and the award for the most outstanding performance at the Festival.

She was also selected to play a concerto with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Emilio February


18 years old
Instrument: Marimba
Teacher: Suzette Brits

Emilio February began studying percussion in 2006 under the tuition of Suzette Brits. In 2015 he received the award for Best Senior Percussionist at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod, as well as the Student of the Year Award at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. In the same year, he was a semi-finalist at the International Arts Society Percussion Competition in Italy; and a finalist at the National Youth Music Competition, where he premiered Concerto per Marimba e Orchestra D’Archi, composed by Hendrik Hofmeyr.

In addition, he received the Category Prize for Other Instruments; and the award for the Best South African Work. Emilio is a member of the Hugo Lambrechts Concert Wind Band and the Percussion Ensemble. He is an active soloist.

Lisa Britz


16 years old
Instrument: Harp
Teacher: Jane Theron

Lisa Britz received the Hennie Joubert Merit Award in 2008 for her Unisa harp exam. In 2009 she was the category winner in the Sanlam National Music Competition. She has been the trophy winner for harp at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod for the past ten years. She performed as soloist with Cool Classic Kids at the Classical Festival Genadendal and the Suidoosterfees.

In 2010 and 2015 Lisa performed as soloist at the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival. In 2012 and 2016 she played in the South African National Youth Orchestra and performed as soloist with Camerata Tinta Barocca. In 2015 and 2016 she took part in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. During 2015 Lisa received second place in the Pieter Kooij National Music Competition. Since 2016 Lisa has been a member of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Earlier this year, 2016 Lisa was a finalist in the Hugo Lambrechts 30th Anniversary Music Competition. She often performs as soloist at functions and is a member of the professional classical ensemble, Zest Music.

14 years old
Instrument: Piano
Teacher: Dr Mario

Nell Iman Bulbulia started piano tuition at the age of four. Aged eight, she was the youngest musician ever to perform with the JPO. She won first prizes at numerous national music competitions between 2011 and 2014, including the Johannesburg International Festival, Sanlam Competition, NEA Ambassador Awards, Philip Moore Competition and the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy Competition. She appeared as soloist with the JPO, the RSO and the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Iman made her debut as a soloist in Carnegie Hall after she won the second prize in the American International Piano Competition in New York. She has performed full recitals at various national concert series such as the ClassicsNow series in Johannesburg and the Greyton Classics. More recently, she has been awarded the first prize in the Salzburg International Competition and will make her debut at the Wiener Hall of the Mozarteum in July. Iman is a pupil of Mario Nell.