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Third time lucky maybe

By Tara Whitsed

South African-born pianist Berta Brozgul will take to the stage in two competitions this year.

Recently announced as a finalist at the Australian National Piano Awards on in Shepparton this year, Ms Brozgul will also compete as part of the Clarendon trio in the only Australian ensemble at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition next month.

The full-time professional pianist said she had always wanted to be a musician, coming from a musical family.

‘‘It seemed to be an art form which always inspired and excited me and just seemed like the natural path for me to take,’’ she said.

Ms Brozgul, 28, said playing the piano required being somewhat of an illusionist.

‘‘As a pianist there are some technical limitations with regards to what you can achieve in expression by comparison with some other instruments,’’ she said.

‘‘The repertoire for the piano is unlimited and encompasses the full scope of styles, colour and interpretive possibilities.’’

Ms Brozgul said she had known about the Australian National Piano Award before she was old enough to compete and she was announced as a finalist for the third time this year.

‘‘This is my third time, so I am dearly hoping to get to the finals this time, having once been a prize winner and the second time a semi-finalist; so it would be wonderful if that could happen,’’ she said.

PIANO AWARD

Pianists from across the country will descend on Shepparton this September to compete in the biennial Australian National Piano Award. The 14 finalists will take to the stage at Riverlinks Eastbank in Shepparton from Monday, September 3, with the semi-finals taking place on Friday, September 7, culminating in the huge grand final performance on Saturday, September 8. The News is running a series of profiles on the finalists in the lead-up to the award.