The NMMU Department of Music will present the Connections Quartet on 24 February at 19h30 in the NMMU South Campus Auditorium.
The CONNECTIONS quartet is a saxophone quartet which has brought together two completely different countries, languages, styles and people. It is a saxophone quartet born out of a friendship between South Africa and France but more importantly between individuals who have experienced the two cultures and have come together to form a brand of saxophone which incorporates both cultures. This is the second time the quartet will be in South Africa following a highly successful tour in November 2010. The quartet has also performed in several venues around France and has a strong following in the Franche-Comté region.
Cécile Dubois: After finishing her studies at the Regional Conservatoires in Lyon and Boulogne-Billancourt Cécile Dubois continued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where she studied under Daniel Deffayet and then Claude Delange and David Walter. She was awarded the first prize with distinction in 1990. Since 1996 she has been the saxophone professor at the Conservatoire á Rayonnement Régional in Besançon.
Paul Richard: Born in France in 1986, Paul Richard started the saxophone at the age of eight and gained a place at the Conservatoire of Besançon in 2002. He obtained his bachelor of Musicology from the University of Franche-Comté and was awarded the First Prize for Chamber Music in 2007, as well as his Diploma of Musical Studies for Saxophone in 2010. After finishing his studies in France, Paul moved to South Africa where he taught Saxophone at the Durban Music School. Willing to carry on his studies, he registered at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where he obtained distinctions for his BA Honours in Saxophone, Composition and Chamber Music in 2013. Paul is currently teaching Saxophone and Clarinet at Woodridge Preparatory and College in Port Elizabeth.
Adam Campbell: Adam studied saxophone while at Kingswood College under Shaun Acker, Jenny Brant and finally Paul Richard. He completed a number of saxophone exams including the UNISA grade 8 with distinction and the DipABRSM. In September 2013 he started studying under Cecile Dubois in Besancon and is currently preparing for his DEM exam in classical saxophone.
Liam Burden: Liam Burden graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a BMus cum laude and a BMusHons cum laude specializing in saxophone performance under Darryl Walters. During this time he was afforded the opportunity to study abroad on an exchange programme. On exchange Liam attended the West Virginia University, USA, where he received saxophone lessons from Dr Michael Ibrahim and conducting lessons from Dr Mitchel Arnold, performed as a member of the WVU Saxophone Quartet as well as the WVU Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he entered and passed the UNISA Performance Licentiate with cum laude. This afforded him the opportunity to take part in the annual UNISA Licentiate Competition where he was awarded the Sarah de Jager prize for the best woodwind/brass competitor. Liam is currently employed at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre where he teaches saxophone and clarinet and is conductor of the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch.
- Rondeando – David Salleras
- Quartuor en Fa M – Haydn
- El Lamento – David Salleras
- Tango Virtuoso – Thierry Escaich
- Histoire du Tango – Astor Piazolla
- Sud America – Lino Florenzo
- Suite Hellenique – Pedro Ituralde
- Diep kloof groove – Isak Roux
Entrance to the concert is R50 Adults, R30 Pensioners and R20 Scholars. For more information, contact Nicky Bosman on 041 504 4235.
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