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Beate flying the Free State flag boldly

Currently, in matric at Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem in the Free State, Beate Boshoff is at 17-years the youngest of the four young artists who have been invited by the National Youth Music Foundation to play at the fourth concert of the foundation’s Young Artists’ Concert Series.

The fourth concert on Friday 26 July 2019 at Erin Hall in Rondebosch, Cape Town celebrates the inauguration on the concert series last year at the same venue.

Music teacher Jenny Reed and Beate Boshoff

The talented pianist is a pupil of Jenny Reed. She is the second learner under Jenny’s tuition who has played in the annual National Youth Music Competition’s Finalists’ Gala Concert. The other is Caryn Reed, her daughter who played her way through the competition’s four rounds to be in the final in 2012.

Beate has achieved several distinctions with her piano playing. She has been entered into the Unisa Roll of Honour for all her practical exams and received the Hennie Joubert Prize in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

In 2015 Beate was placed first in the Philip H Moore National Music Competition as well as the Grahamstown Music Competition. She won the competition again in 2016 and was named best pianist overall. During the 2016 Atterbury National Piano Competition, she won her category and was placed 3rd overall in 2017.

Beate in action during the Finalists’ Gala Concert of the 2018 NYMC

At the 2017 National Youth Music Competition (NYMC) she walked away with R4 000 Pauline Nossel prize for the best performance of a classical work by a pianist. Last year she was the runner-up in the piano category of the 2018 NYMC. Beate has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

She would one day like to pursue a career in music.