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Never give up, never surrender

True to his life motto: “If at first, you don't succeed, try and try again”, seventeen year old, Keon Muller, could almost be described as a veteran of the National Youth Music Competition (NYMC). The 2021 contest will be his third.

The talented clarinettist from Sunningdale in Cape Town is also a dashing alto saxophonist. He loves both instruments equally.

As a single child and with a mother who plays the organ and keyboard, Keon started music lessons at age six, following an audition at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. His first music teacher was Charlene Saayman, who is still tutoring this upcoming star.

He practices some nine hours per week. His home music exercise does not bother his family. “They are happy that I am practising,” he smiles naughtily.

The global Covid pandemic has halted his extramural activities, dragon boating. A team sport where 22 rowers power a long canoe-like boat.

The rising star indicates that he has not a specific favourite composer. He entered the NYMC to learn and grow his music performance.

On completion of his matric, Keon wants to perform and produce music. He listens to Fine Music Radio and instead of watching television, the young musician is more of a gamer, playing interactive games, especially video games.