Fabulous flautist whistles his way to the top

21 Feb 2018 - 11:15

Sakhile Humbane (centre) received the scholarship on 12 February. Photo Yamaha Music South Africa via Facebook

UCT student Sakhile Humbane has won the Yamaha Music Gulf Flute Scholarship Program for 2017/2018. The scholarship programme aims to provide financial assistance to students who are pursuing full-time diplomas and degree courses, focusing on the flute.

Humbane is studying the flute under the guidance of acclaimed flautist Dr Liesl Stoltz at UCT.

The final round of auditions took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in early February. Humbane was chosen as winner from a pool of finalists from South Africa and various other countries such as Egypt and Iran.

This is not the first big feather is Humbane’s cap. He claimed first prize at the National Youth Music Competition in 2015, walking away with a total of R38 000 in prize money. That year, Humbane also won a bursary from the Fine Music Radio Trust for his performance of the adagio movement from JS Bach’s Sonata in E-minor BWV 1034 and Fantasy on Themes from Der Freischutz by Paul Taffenel.

Humbane has been playing the flute since he was nice-years-old, and has been invited to perform with renowned flautists such as Sir James Galway and Pierre-Yves Artaut. He has also appeared as principal (flute) and principal (piccolo) in the South African National Youth Orchestra.

Watch Humbane doing what he does best: