Standard Bank Young Artists

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were established by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in 1984 to recognise relatively established young emerging South African artists who demonstrate  outstanding artistic talent. The National Arts Festival Committee select winners in five different disciplines: Theatre, Music, Dance, Jazz and Visual Art-and from time to time Film.

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2014 music winner

Durban-born Baritone Njabulo Madlala has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for music. Madlala is the 2010 winner of the most prestigious prize for singers in Britain, the Kathleen Ferrier Award.

 He is also the winner of the Singers Section at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, of the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and the Royal Overseas League Trophy for the Most Outstanding Musician From Overseas, the Sir John Manduell Award for an Outstanding South African Musician, The Kenneth Loveland Gift Prize, and of the...

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2013 music winner

The Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music 2013 soprano Runette Botha is a sought after concert singer and recitalist with an extensive repertoire in oratorio and other sacred music, ranging from Bach through Mozart to Rutter.

"I'm very grateful to Standard Bank for this award. I believe that the exposure is invaluable.  I hope that through this award I will get the opportunity to do more work at home, and then in effect invest my talent in South Africa again," said Botha, who currently lives and works primarily in Germany....

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2012 music winner

The rise of local opera singer Kelebogile (Pearl) Boikanyo is nothing short of amazing. The 24 year old hit the first of many high career notes by winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2012."I am confident that with enough hard work, I will have a bright future," said Pearl.

"This award means a lot to me, obviously because I am young and I am excited to be recognised in my own country. When I am on stage, it is because I love what I do, and I do it with passion. I do not expect any recognition, but this award tells me...

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2011 music winner

"I grew up in a very musical family. My parents often took me to concerts, and I started with violin lessons at the age of four. Music has therefore played a very important role during my childhood. My mother is an organist, and I always had the music of J S Bach in my ears," said Ben Schoeman.

After growing up in a musical household and listening to the music of Bach and other classical musicians, Ben was inspired to become a professional musician himself. He obtained a master's in the performing arts from the University of Pretoria and went on to receive a master's diploma from the Academia Pianistica in Imola, Italy....

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2010 music winner

Samson Diamond is an internationally acclaimed violinist with a string of awards to his name. His latest accolade, ushering in his return to South African stages, is the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2010.

"This award is a wonderful validation and comes at a time when I am returning to South Africa to develop an audience from differing ends of the spectrum, both the classical and the light listener alike," said Diamond. "I must admit that it is truly unexpected, and wholly humbling that, having walked such a...

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