Pianoforte Classes

12th-14th February 2022

Venue: To be confirmed


Ben Schoeman is a senior lecturer in piano and musicology at the University of Pretoria, where he received the Laureate Award. Other awards include the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), the gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2011) and the contemporary music prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013). He studied at the University of Pretoria, the Accademia Pianistica ‘Incontri col Maestro’ in Imola, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama He obtained a doctorate in music from City, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music. 

He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances in such prestigious concert halls as the Wigmore, Barbican, Cadogan, LSO St Luke’s and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon and the Fondazione Cariplo Auditorium in Milan. He has performed at many international festivals such as City of London, Edinburgh Fringe, Bucharest, Grahamstown and Ottawa. As a concerto soloist he has collaborated with several conductors, including Wolfram Christ and Nicholas Cleobury,  

In collaboration with his duo partner, cellist Anzél Gerber, Ben Schoeman was awarded the first prize in the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Italy. The duo performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and has received the gold medal in the Global Music Awards for their recording of music by Anton Rubinstein. Stefans Grové dedicated his Concerto for Piano, Cello and Orchestra ‘Bushman Prayers’ (2013) to Gerber and Schoeman, and they premiered the work with the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestras.Schoeman’s solo album, featuring works of Franz Liszt, is available under the TwoPianists label. His performance in London with pianist Tessa Uys of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, arranged for piano duet by Xaver Scharwenka, was recorded for broadcast on national television. Schoeman’s students have received prizes at several competitions and he has served as a jury member at national and international competitions.

  • Most classes are for children under the age of 18. C26 and C27 are for adults.
  • All class winners are eligible to receive a certificate/medal/trophy.


  • Please enter only one of the classes C0-C8, C13-C15,C18-C25
  • In these classes you may play one or two pieces
  • C16 - Two contrasting pieces Grade 6 and above
  • C17 – Two to three contrasting pieces grade 8 and above
  • C22 – Any piece or pieces by a composer in this category
  • C23 - Any piece or pieces by a composer in this category
  • C24 – Any piece or pieces by a composer in this category
  • C25 – Any piece or pieces by a composer in this category
C0 Pre Grade 1  2 mins £10.00
C1 Grade 1  3 mins £11.00
C2 Grade 2  3 mins £11.00
C3 Grade 3  4 mins £12.00
C4 Grade 4  4 mins £12.00
C5 Grade 5  5 mins £13.00
C6 Grade 6  5 mins £13.00
C7 Grade 7  8 mins £16.00
C8 Grade 8 Only  8 mins £16.00
C13 20th and 21st Century 14 and under  4 mins £12.00
C14 Duet or Trio - Family with Parent  5 mins £13.00
C15 Duet or Trio - Family Siblings  5 mins £13.00
C18 Sonatina Class - 14 years and under  4 mins £12.00
C19 Jazz, Ragtime and Blues 18 Years and Under  6 mins £14.00
C20 Classical 16 years and under  6 mins £14.00
C21 Jean Merlow Memorial Scholarship 19 and under 12 mins £20.00
C22 Classical Open  8 mins £16.00
C23 Baroque Open  8 mins £16.00
C24 Romantic Open  8 mins £16.00
C25 20th and 21st Century Open  8 mins £16.00


  • C9-C12 competitors must not have won first prize in the Pianoforte section of the Festival in the last 5 years
C9 Age 8 years and under  4 mins £12.00
C10 Age 10 years and under  5 mins £13.00
C11 Age 12 years and under  5 mins £13.00
C12 Age 14 years and under  5 mins £12.00
C16 Junior Recital - 14 years and under  8 mins £16.00
C17 Senior Recital - 18 years and under 10 mins £18.00
C26 Adult Recital 15 mins £22.00
C27 Adult Open Recital (including those in full time study) 15 mins £22.00