From our foreign correspondents:
Once again, the initiatives of Amersfoort Jazz & JazzNL have led to international results. In South-Africa, the Unisa Big Band performed at the opening ceremony of the 14th Unisa International’s Piano Competition on Monday, January 20 at ZK Matthews Hall. The concert featured Daniella Hart, one of the Joy of Jazz endorsed laureates at the Sena Performers International Laureate Festival, which will take place in May in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. She is the recent winner of the Unisa Voice Competition. The concert by the Unisa Big Band premiered several arrangements by Dutch band leader Rolf Delfos, who plays a prominent role at the annual festival Amersfoort Jazz and was already special guest with Artwork at the Unisa festival.
The 14th Unisa International Piano Competition, which took place over the past two weeks, was a resounding success with exceptional performances in both the jazz and classical categories. The prestigious jazz and classical piano competitions culminated in world-class performances during the final rounds on Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February 2020. Audiences were clearly mesmerised by the incredibly high levels of performance in both categories. According to Prof Karendra Devroop from Unisa’s Music Department, the level of performance was exceptionally high, thereby making the job of jury that much more difficult. After intense deliberations by the jury, the first prize in the jazz competition was awarded to Lex Korten from the USA.