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Seiren Wi plays her way into South African hearts

Pianist Seiren Wi

Ga Hyang Seiren Wi started formal piano lessons at the age of 12 with Professor Mi Jung Shin in Korea and later Jan Gouws in South Africa. She is currently studying for her BMus Honours degree with Professor François du Toit at the University of Cape Town.

Prof François du Toit

She has received multiple awards as a solo pianist. Seiren won the second prize in the Jan van Riebeek Competition in 2010; and was awarded the prize for the most promising participant who is not a finalist in the National Youth Music Competition in 2010, held at the Artscape Theatre.

In 2017 she was one of the finalists in the FMR Bursary Competition. She has received several prizes at UCT for solo playing and accompaniment, including the James de Villiers prize and Thea Etis prize. In 2018, she received the Kathleen Irish Scholarship from the SASMT and was a runner-up in the Olive Lieberz Competition.

Seiren Wi (middle) was part of the 2017 NYMC Shadow Jury. Guided by Dr Arisa Voges (back) the other shadow jurors were Mieke Struwig, Bonolo Kgaile, Lance Thuynsma and Axolile Hoza

Seiren is an active chamber musician and is a member of the Variation 3 Trio, which won the duo and trio categories in the Stellenbosch ensemble competition in 2018.

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