After reaching the finals as the youngest contestant, Qden Blaauw has once again outdone himself by taking second place at the National Youth Music Competition.
The competition is open to young classical musicians between the ages of 14 and 19, so this is the first time that the 14 year old maestro pianist was able to enter.
The first place was taken by 17 year old pianist, Louis Nel and third place was taken by 16 year old alto saxophonist, Clara Lubbe.
The final gala event was held at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Parow, Cape Town, and each contestant performed their selected concertos with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
The piece that saw Qden walk away with a R10000 prize was his passionate rendition of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Qden’s performance also saw him walk away with another R3000 as a runner up in the piano category.
Qden is also the recipient of numerous other awards, which includes the Samro Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition award and this year, he became the first African to be invited to the prestigious German Masterclass.