The 2017 Music Society of Port Elizabeth will be presenting concerts on the following dates. All concerts take place at the NMMU South Campus Auditorium and start at 19h30 (Monday to Thursday) or at 15h00 on Sundays – Dates and times are subject to change though.
Monday, 20 February – Daniel Ciobanu (piano)
Daniel Ciobanu is a 25-year-old pianist who just graduated with his Master’s degree after completing a 1st class honours Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Aaron Shorr, Petras Geniusas and Steven Osborne. He currently lives in Berlin and travels each month for the Concert Diplome in the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. In 2016, he won 1st Prize at the 2016 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.
Monday, 20 March – Andrey (piano) and Maria (piano) Barnov
Andrey Baranov is a winner of the Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prize-winner of more than twenty other international competitions, including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, Paganini (Moscow) international competitions. Andrey is a first violinist of David Oistrakh Quartet, an outstanding ensemble established in 2012. Born in St Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians, Andrey began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St-Petersburg and Consevatoire de Lausanne.
Maria Baranova was born in 1988 into a family of musicians, beginning her piano studies at the age of five. When she was ten, she began to play in ensemble with her brother, Andrey Baranov. From 2010 until June 2015, Maria was a student of the Conservatory of Lausanne (HEMU) in Switzerland where she got her two master degrees under Professors Marc Pantillon and Christian Favre.
Monday, 24 April – Petronel Malan (piano)
“Formidable… dizzying… magical.” These words from New York reviewer, Harris Goldsmith, vividly illustrate pianist, Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. Indeed, as a multiple Grammy nominee and gold medallist of several international piano competitions, Petronel continues to enthral audiences worldwide.
Monday, 8 May – Brandenburg Trio from Germany
Founded in 2014, the Brandenburg String Trio is comprised of South African violinist, Avigail Bushakevitz, German violist, Ernst-Martin Schmidt, and Spanish cellist, Andrea Casarrubios. Avigail and Ernst-Martin live in Berlin and Andrea in New York City. The trio members have performed in the world’s greatest halls, such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. As musicians, they are equally at home as orchestral players, soloists and chamber musicians.
Tuesday, 19 September – Jan Hugo (piano)
Jan Hugo was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on the 1st of February 1991, and started his music tuition in Pretoria at the age of 7, distinguishing himself in local arts-festivals and eisteddfods. Just 13 years old, Jan was invited to further his studies in Italy and became a student of Francesco Cipolletta and Giuseppe Fausto Modugno at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Vecchi.Tonelli” in Modena. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music in March 2010, obtaining the highest marks possible, cum laude and honorary mention.
Wednesday, 25 October – Zuill Bailey (cello) and Bryan Wallick (piano)
Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival(Washington), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Gold medallist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. Dr Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City where he was the first Juilliard School graduate to receive both an undergraduate Honors Diploma (2000) and an accelerated Master’s Degree (2001).
Thursday, 23 November – Gloria Campaner (piano)
On popular demand, the beautiful Italian pianist is back to thrill us once more with her exceptional talent and beauty. Venetian born pianist, Gloria Campaner, is regarded by critics and public alike as one of the most interesting young pianists of the new generation in Europe. Her rapidly advancing career as a soloist and chamber musician has led her to be a guest of some of the most prestigious festivals all over the world and the press have praised her ‘extremely deep musicality, remarkable fluidity, nuancing and sense of style which put her in the ranks of pianists with exceptional qualities’ (Walter Arlen, Los Angeles Times). Gloria is also becoming increasingly known for her versatility and interest in innovative performance and has collaborated with renowned jazz and contemporary musicians as well as ballet and modern dancers.
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