Grant Snyman

Grant Snyman a PhD student at Nelson Mandela University has been granted a DAAD scholarship for five months. The scholarship is to study at Oldenburg University from August to December 2020.

His supervisor at Oldenburg University will be Professor Mario Dunkel.

Grant Snyman (27) matriculated from Grey High School in 2011, went on to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet performance, graduating cum laude (2015) and then completed his Masters of Music degree in conducting in 2017. Grant was also the recipient of the Charles Bryars’ Scholarship, several merit bursaries, two Merit Awards for Academic Excellence in the Faculty of the Arts and was also a SAMRO bursary recipient for several years.

He is currently a music educator at Collegiate Girls’ High School, where he teaches clarinet and saxophone and is the conductor of the school’s Concert Band. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Nelson Mandela University Symphony Orchestra since 2015, whom recently placed second at the National SASBA Competition in 2019.

Grant has performed both locally and nationally and has taken part in several National Youth Orchestra courses, National and International chamber music festivals and has competed in National Music Competitions. He has also had the opportunity to perform before the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Ahmed Kathrada and Helen Zille.

He has participated in numerous master classes from internationally acclaimed clarinetists and teachers such as Carina Washington, Ferdinand Steiner, Yevgeny Petrov, Valdemar Rodriguez, Dr Danre Strydom and Prof Eddy Vanoosthuyse. In 2014, Grant toured and performed as part of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra to Germany (Berlin Philharmonie and Laeiszhalle Concert Hall), Sweden (Royal Rikssalen Palace), Denmark and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw). Futhermore, in 2017, he travlled to New York City, USA as first clarinet as part of the Kwazulu-Natal Youth Wind Orchestra where he performed at the International Wind Symphony Competition in Carneige Hall.

Grant has also participated in conducting master classes from world renowned conductors; Laszlo Marosi, Daniel Boico, Victor Yampolsky, Adam Cooke, Benjamin Lack, Bjørn Breistein, Fredrik Burstedt, James Ross, Matheu Kieswetter, Peter Louis van Dijk, Junita van Dijk & David Scarr. In 2018, Grant took part in the 4th National Len van Zyl Conducing Competition (Cape Town), and was ranked in the top 14 of young conductors in South Africa. In June 2018, he was invited as guest conductor to the National Musicamp Association of Zimbabwe in Harare.