Conrad Asman (b.1996) grew up in Johannesburg where he took up piano, violin, voice training and composition at an early age. He currently studies at the South African College of Music where, as the youngest undergraduate participant, he won the Cone of Composition in 2015 for his work Hysteria. In the same year, he also won joint first prize of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition, for his large orchestral piece Igniting Kites & Flying Fireworks.
These competitions enabled Conrad’s works to be published and performed in both local and international capacities. In 2016, he attended master classes at the Young Artist Summer Programme, hosted by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He made his Carnegie Hall début this year (2017) with the Cape Town Youth Choir, who his work On a Night, which in 2016 won the Stefans Grové National choral composition competition. Conrad is also currently recognised as the laureate of the Polyphonos Young Composer award.
Conrad is currently working on commissions on both a national and international level, and he looks forward to interacting with more musicians on both these platforms.