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Grant Snyman


Grant Snyman is our Alumnus for April

Grant Snyman (25) is a recent Masters in Music graduate from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. After matriculating from Grey High School in 2011, he went on to complete his BMus in Clarinet performance graduating cum laude (2015). Grant was also the recipient of the Charles Bryars Scholarship, two Merit bursaries, two Merit Awards for academic excellence in the Faculty of the Arts and was a SAMRO bursary recipient for several years.  He has also performed before Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Ahmed Kathrada and Helen Zille.


From 2006 – 2018, Granthas been active both locally and nationally; taking part in National Youth Orchestra courses, national and international chamber music festivals and music competitions. He has participated in numerous master classes from acclaimed principal clarinetists such as Carina Washington, Anthony McGill, Ferdinand Steiner, Yevgeny Petrov and Valdemar Rodriguez. In 2014, Grant toured with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra to Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Amsterdam, performing in the iconic Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Rikssalen Palace in Stockholm, in the Laeiszhalle Concert Hall in Hamburg, in the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and the world famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 


More recently, in March 2017, Grant travlled to New York City, USA as first clarinet and shadow conductor, as part of the Kwazulu Natal Wind Symphony where he performed at the International Wind Symphony Competition in Carneige Hall. Grant has also participated in conducting master classes from world renowned conductors; Daniel Boico, Victor Yampolsky, Adam Cooke, Duncan Ward, Michael Hesselink, Benjamin Lack, Fredrik Burstedt, James Ross, Matheu Kieswetter, Peter Louis van Dijk, Junita van Dijk and David Scarr. 


In 2018, Grant has been selected to take part in the fourth National Len van Zyl conducting competition to be held in June 2018 and has been invited as guest conductor at the National Musicamp in Zimbabwe. He is currently an educator in Clarinet and Saxophone at Collegiate Girls’ High School and the resident conductor of the Nelson Mandela University’s Symphony Orchestra since 2015.