Qden Blaauw - South Africa (14)
Qden (14) started playing piano at the age of 8 and showed an interest in classical music from an early age. Under the guidance of Shane Goodall, he has won many awards over the past few years.
In 2016, he was a first prize winner for the Great Composers International Competition. He was a participant and performed at the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium. At the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod he won seven trophies, including the JB Collin Shield for the most promising piano contestant. He won first prize in the Little Maestros and Johan Vos music competitions (2016).
At the 2016 SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition he won the first prize as well as the following category prizes: Piano, Best Baroque piece and Best Performance by a student of a SASMT member. In 2017 he performed as a soloist with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, The Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, The Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Hugo Lambrechts Orchestra. He also performed in the Suidoosterfees with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
In 2018 he won third price in the 2018 Hennie Joubert Piano competition, first prize in the junior category of the 2018 Johann Vos Music Competition and second prize in The National Youth Music Competition. He also performed in the 2018 Suidoosterfees where he was awarded a trophy for the best classical performance.
In November 2016, Qden was also one of ten children (and the first from Africa) selected from more than 500 applicants worldwide to attend the prestigious Allianz Music Camp in Warsaw, Poland, where he received a master class from acclaimed pianist, Lang Lang. He also received master classes from other international pianists, including Valintina Litsitsa, Gloria Campaner, Martina Bauer, Wolfram Schmidt-Leonardy, Motoki Hirai, Spencer Myer, Nina Schuman, Luis Magalhaes, Liezl-Maret Jacobs, Jan Hugo and Spencer Meyr.
In March 2018 he was invited to Saarlouis, Germany where he performed in three concerts including a concerto performance with the German Police Orchestra. Locally he has been featured on television including Espresso, eCNA, SABC2 and SABC3 news as well as local newspapers. Internationally he was interviewed on Polish television.
Qden loves composing classical music and also plays the violin. He performed one of his compositions at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in March 2017. He also enjoys playing cricket, building electric circuits and playing computer games.