Dr Z Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts & Culture congratulates Mr Ben Schoeman, A young piano great for winning the 11th Unisa International Piano Competition

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11 Feb 2008

This is a splendid achievement for 24-year old Mr. Schoeman who is destined for a bright future in the performing arts, especially music. There is no doubt that he will make a significant contribution to the development and growth especially of piano recital.

Mr. Schoeman’s achievement is an assurance that we have among us young people who are matured visionaries. They are prepared to go to the ends of the earth to raise the South African flag.

It takes a young life whose day-to-day business has been unusual to be awarded the Piano Competition!

We toast the young Mr. Schoeman’s success, and join his peers, fellow competitors, family and the entire music loving community of the country in wishing him the best in his future endeavours.

I personally want to thank him and tell him how deeply we have been inspired and moved by this marvelous achievement.

To the other finalists who may not have walked away with the coveted prize: you, too, are winners in your right. Through you, we have seen the high standard of instrumental performance and self discipline that characterizes the lives of our future artists.

Mr. Schoeman epitomizes youthful confidence, pride and determination of young South Africans who seek to pursue a life of integrity. His is the spirit of a young person who appreciates that it is a time for ‘business unusual.’

This significant milestone would not have been possible without the unconditional love of family and support of the sponsors. As Government we stand solidly behind agents who espouse forging a partnership that creates a better life for our young talented people.

Mr. Ben Schoeman, thank you very much for your perseverance, discipline and artistry. The whole of the African continent celebrates and is very proud and happy for you.

For further details, call Sandile Memela, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts & Culture on 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 903 6778.