The Wits Trio debuted in 2012 and consists of three members namely Zanta Hofmeyr, Maciej Lacny and Malcolm Nay.
Zanta Hofmeyr graduated from The Juilliard School of Music where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. After her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weil recital hall), she returned to South Africa in 1985. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, her most recent awards include a nomination as best female artist at the KKNK arts festival as well as a SAMA nomination for her CD Cantilena. Zanta teaches violin in Johannesburg and at the University of Pretoria. She often acts as string coach for youth orchestras and has been on the faculty of the International Chamber music Festival at the University of Stellenbosch. Her recordings include “Zanta Hofmeyr plays Arioso” with organist Wim Viljoen and with pianist Malcolm Nay the album “Romantic Violin”. In 2009 she released “Cantilena” – a second collaboration with Wim Viljoen. In 2011 a new CD Beethoven Tango were released in which she and pianist Charl du Plessis perform works by Piazzolla, Sting and Jazz standards. She has featured as soloist with South African orchestras in performances of concertos by Britten, Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Hofmeyr etc.
Maciej Lacny was born in Cracow (Poland) in 1977. He graduated from the F. Chopin High School (1995) and the Cracow Conservatory of Music (2001) in Prof. Z.Lapinski’s cello class. He also obtained a pedagogical diploma from the Cracow conservatory of music. Between 1995/99 he was playing many concerts around Europe with the Cracow Quartet in Switserland, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He has cooperated with orchestras like Sinfonietta Cracovia, Capella Cracoviensis, Cracow Opera, Breslau Symphony Orchestra. From 1996 to 2007 he also played as principal cellist of the Cracow Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is married to a South African flautist and living in Johannesburg. Maciej is currently co-principal cello of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and he has played in several recitals with acclaimed pianist, Malcolm Nay.
Malcolm Nay is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber pianists and accompanists in South Africa. After graduating with a BMus from Wits University where he studied with Pauline Nossel and Isabella Stengel, he travelled on scholarships to America, where he studied with Bela Siki. As a soloist, he has appeared with most of South Africa’s major orchestras: he is remembered especially for performances, in Gauteng, of the Mozart concertos, which he conducted from the keyboard. Malcolm Nay is also a highly regarded recitalist, and has given distinguished solo recitals at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Arts Gencor Gallery; at the Durban Music Society; at the Wits Great Hall for the Johannesburg Music Society; at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and at both UJ and the Wits Atrium. Malcolm Nay is a sought after adjudicator at prestigious music competitions throughout the country and he continues to perform extensively at the larger festivals in South Africa. He is currently Associate Professor at WitsMusic, Wits School of Arts (WSOA).
The Wits Trio will play at the NMMU South Campus Auditorium on 17 August 2015 at 19h30.
Entrance to the concert is Adults R75, Pensioners R60, and Students R25 and Scholars R20. For more information, contact Theresa Cunliffe on 041 504 2250.
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