First prize of ZAR 100,000 (£4,500) was awarded to 22-year-old cellist Ethan Lawson


Competition jury with winner Ethan Lawson (second from right) |

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The winner of the 2023 Mabel Quick Overseas Bursary Competition was announced at the conclusion of the final round on Friday 20 October at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The prize of ZAR 100,000 (£4,500) was awarded to 22-year-old cellist Ethan Lawson. Other finalists included violinist Zoë Coetzee, clarinettist David Cyster, and tenor Jason September.

Lawson is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Stellenbosch University, studying cello with Dr Peter Martens. He also won the Mabel Quick Instrumental Bursary the previous day, valued at ZAR 15,000 (£650).

‘I didn’t go into the competition with any expectations, I just really enjoyed the performance, and I am very grateful that the adjudicators did too,’ said Lawson.

The Mabel Quick Overseas Bursary Competition is open only to current students and alumni of Stellenbosch University, and the prize money may only be used to pursue further studies abroad. It takes place biennially, with the last competition occurring in 2021.

This year’s jury comprised professor Hendrik Hofmeyr, Aubrey Lodewyk, and Nerina von Mayer.

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