Conrad Asman wins SAMRO Overseas Scholarship

After an evening filled with dazzling performances of original South African music, two new SAMRO Overseas Scholarships winners were crowned on Saturday night – composers Andrew Hoole (Jazz) and Conrad Asman (Western Art Music). University of Cape Town graduate Hoole and current UCT student Asman (who hails from Johannesburg) each won a R200 000 scholarship from the SAMRO Foundation to further their postgraduate studies, or professional development, abroad.

During a gala concert at Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium on Saturday 18 August 2018, a number of South African composers – new and established – saw their works brought to life by accomplished local musicians. A new award for composers, in honour of South Africa’s diverse and vibrant indigenous cultures, was also unveiled by SAMRO Foundation managing director André le Roux on the night: the Indigenous African Music Awards, for candidates who created the best work in each genre that incorporates indigenous styles and instruments. Asman’s victorious composition shisa nyama was conjured with style by Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) musicians under the baton of Kutlwano Masote. Asman relates that he was inspired to write this “party” piece after thinking of how a South African braai brings people together to share in a fun, festive feast featuring a smorgasbord of flavours.

“Further thanks go to SAMRO and Samro Foundation and all those involved in putting together an event that can truly change the lives of young Southern African composers. It has been a truly incredible experience, and I am so glad to have been part of it.” – Conrad

(SAMRO Foundation. August 2018)

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