Willem Petrus De Beer, South Africa
Willem de Beer originally hails from Bethlehem, South Africa.
He has been the winner of most of the music competitions South Africa has to offer. He most recently won the 6th UNISA National Piano Competition in July 2019. This competition is widely regarded to be South Africa’s premiere music competition. Willem has performed with all of South Africa’s professional orchestras and has performed at most of South Africa’s most notable concert series and classical music festivals. He completed his BMus degree (cum laude) under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Stanford and his Master’s degree (cum laude) with Dr. Bryan Wallick at the University of Pretoria. Currently, Willem is studying toward a second Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a student of Prof. Anton Nel. He is married to Renée de Beer.
Competitor: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.