The 15 year old Antonio Britto has only been playing the piano for two years, but the naturally gifted youngster has already won three diamond awards, 2 gold medals and will be heading to New York.
Born and raised in Davidsonville, Antonio says that the piano became a passion of his since he started attending Hoërskool Roodepoort. It was his teachers that realised that he was gifted and encouraged him to join the Randfontein Arts and Culture Association.
The association aims to promote the arts in the West Rand community and hosts Gauteng’s largest music competition (or eisteddfod) of 10000 participants. At the competition, Antonio was so good that he received three diamond awards and qualified to skip the provincials and participate in the South Africa National Talent Africa competition.
The Africa competition had 3000 participants and took place from 25 to 29 March 2019. Antonio was the overall gold medal winner in his section for 15 to 17 year olds. As a result, he was selected for the South African Dream Team to participate in the Talent America competition in New York during June 2019.
Of the Africa competition, Antonio says that it was his “first real competition” but what overwhelmed him the most was “to see such a lot of talented young people”. He was also selected to be one of 105 participants in the ‘Dreams Musical Production SAFATA’, which took place on 18 May 2019 and he was also asked to perform at various functions.
He says that he is excited about his trip to New York and hopes to make South Africa proud. In New York, he will also be attending four master classes by the worlds’ best musicians. For now, he says that he will focus on pursuing his dream of becoming a pianist and is prepared to work hard to grow and become a popular name within the industry
Call for Financial Assistance: Coming from a single parent home, financial constraints are a reality and Antonio and his mom are hoping for your assistance. It is also a reality that these things are expensive and the total cost of Antonio’s trip is R80000. His proud mom, Yulandi, has been holding fundraisers, but at this point, it is just not enough. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could be the start of greater things for Antonio, so any help would be appreciated. If you want to assist, you can either contact Talent Africa (082 712 4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yulandi (072 267 8092 or email@example.com). Antonio needs to make a payment by the 15th of June.