George Music Society has organised this music competition for local talent for more than 25 years. It showcases the many talented musicians in our town. Auditions will be on 7 May, from which the finalists are selected to perform at a Gala Concert. This year GMS has moved the audition and concert date to earlier in the year, which we hope will better suit both learners and their teachers.
Nerina von Mayer (flute) studied in Cape Town, Vienna and London and holds a B.Mus and M.Mus in Performance, and won the Jules Kramer Award for Best Woodwind Player. Nerina has been the alternate Principal Flute in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and CTPO for 16 years. After heading the Flute Department at UCT’s College of Music for many years, she now holds the position of External Examiner for Woodwinds at UCT.
Gabor Jeney (violin) was born and studied in Hungary at the Bela Bartok Conservatoire and London’s Royal College of Music. Benjamin Britten composed the “Gemini Variations" for Gabor and his twin brother. As a soloist, Gabor has recorded for Decca and BBC.
Donat Pellei (double bass) was born in Hungary and studied at the Frank Liszt Music Academy and the Bela Bartok Conservatoire in Budapest. The winner of the Franz Liszt Double Bass Prize in 1987, he received two Performing Diplomas with distinction. He toured Europe with several Hungarian orchestras before joining the CTSO and CTPO as Sub-Principal Bass and now actively teaches, performing on a freelance basis with the CPO.