“One of the things which I am proudest of is managing to raise enough money to study in the US,” says Megan-Geoffrey Prins. Performing at his own fundraising concerts was as fulfilling as winning several awards while enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In Cleveland, he graduated with a master’s in music and is currently completing doctor of musical arts degree. Currently working as a full-time piano lecturer at the University of Pretoria, winning the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Award meant the most to him musically. “I already knew so many incredible artists across different genres who had been recipients of the award,” Prins said. The Riversdale-born pianist is wary of his awards overshadowing the work required to earn them. “When people read my biography or hear about awards I won, they don’t hear about all the times I auditioned or applied for something that ended with a rejection letter,” he says.
Trust in your capacity to be of service to humanity, and be confident in the fact that each soul goes through crisis and victory.