The Len van Zyl Competition
This past weekend 15 candidates participated in master classes held by Victor Yampolsky. Following that, a jury comprising Yampolsky, Bernhard Gueller, Brandon Phillips and the CPO’s CEO Louis Heyneman selected six to go forward to the semi-finals in February. Three will be chosen to perform with the CPO in the next International Summer Music Festival. The candidates conducted a movement of two Beethoven string quartets, played expertly, patiently and 40 odd times by Patrick Goodwin, Philip Martens, Renette Swart and Kristiyan Chernev.
Front from left: Louis Heyneman, Bernhard Gueller, Len van Zyl, Victor Yampolsky. Inaugural winner Brandon Phillips, Maike Watson
Second row from left: Kristiyan Chernev, Charl van der Merwe, Jesse Williams, Patrick Goodwin,
Philip Martens, Renette Swart, Liam Burden, Jacobus de Jager
Back row: Andre Oosthuizen, John Woodland, Erle Felkers, Damian Philander, David Wolfwinkel, Ash-lee Louwskieter, Schalk van der Merwe, Reghardt Kühn, Grant Snyman, Sevi Steingazner
The candidates who progressed are Burden, De Jager, Kühn, Oosthuizen, Schalk van der Merwe and Williams.