Welcome to the Atterbury National Piano Competition!

Congratulations to the worthy winners of the 2016 competition!

Thank you to all the sponsors, the judges, the participants, their parents and teachers as well as the organisers!

The competition was started for young pianists to test their skills on a level playing field, to give them exposure to the stage, and to give recognition to their talent and hard work. It also prepares them for the Unisa National Piano Competition, as well as the international arena.
The competition will again be hosted in the fantastic Atterbury theatre in Pretoria.
We would like to thank Louis van der Watt of the Atterbury Trust for his vision, and for being the main sponsor.

We look forward to the 2017 competition, and invite all our young pianists to be part of this wonderful event.

Willie de Jager (Chairman)

The official opening of the competition will take place on Monday 23 October 2017 at 18h30.

During this ceremony, the overall winner of the 2016 competition, Swunhtat Oo, will deliver a short performance. The winners of the Stefaans Grové National Composition Competition will be announced, and the work of the overall winner will be performed. After his performance, all the participants will be introduced to the audience, and  the official group photo will be taken on stage. Entry to the opening is free to all members of the public, and seats do not need to be reserved beforehand.

The final gala evening will be on Friday 27 October 2017 at 19h00.

During this event the 3 finalists from each of the age categories will perform 2 works each. There will be a short break during which the 3 adjudicators will discuss their final decisions, followed by the announcement of all the winners. Tickets for the gala evening will be available from Computicket.

Results 2017


1st place overall and The Hennie Joubert Prize: Louis Nel
2nd place overall: Rachel Wedderburn - Maxwell
3rd place overall: Beate Boshoff


19 Years and younger: Louis Nel
15 Years and younger: Rachel Wedderburn - Maxwell
12 Years and younger: Tumi Phaho


Best performance of a:

Baroque work: Louis Nel
Classical work: Benjamin Valkin
Romantic work: Louis Nel
Modern work: Louis Nel
South African work: Beate Boshoff
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