UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg Musical Society

2015

MELVYN TAN piano

Saturday 7 February: 20.00

Melvyn Tan(in co-operation with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival)

Melvyn Tan's pianism is an exciting blend of insight and imagination.  Although his pioneering work on the fortepiano has earned him fame, he continues to cast fresh light on the music of Mozart, Chopin and Debussy. A regular at the Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals, his performances are also heard in famous halls such New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Festival Hall. He has recorded all five Beethoven concerti for EMI with conductor Roger Norrington, as well as the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas and the preludes of Debussy and Chopin.

 

YI-JIA SUSANNE HOU violin
BRYAN WALLICK piano   

Saturday 28 February: 20.00

Susanne Hou Winner of France’s Concours International Long-Thibaud Competition, Italy’s Lipizer International Violin Competition and Spain’s Sarasate International Violin Competition, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou was described by Yehudi Menuhin as “absolutely phenomenal’. She performs with such luminaries as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and Ralph Kirshbaum and appears at the world’s great music festivals. Ms Hou, who performed Paganini’s Twenty-four Caprices for Solo Violin at age 17 at the famed Aspen Festival. plays a Guarneri del Gesu violin once owned by the legendary Fritz Kreisler. American Bryan Wallick is a virtuoso pianist and a fine collaborative artist.

     

SPENCER MYER piano

Saturday 21 March : 20.00

Spencer Myer A passionate artist, Spencer Myer has garnered stellar critical and audience acclaim. Winner of the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition, the 2008 New Orleans International and a laureate of several other important competitions such as the Cleveland, the Busoni and the Montreal international piano competitions, his performances can be heard on the Naxos and Harmonia Mundi labels. A Steinway Artist, he often performs with world-renowned instrumentalists and with America’s top string quartets.

 

ODEION STRING QUARTET

Sunday 19 April : 17.00

Odeion quartet This much-lauded and highly polished ensemble is the only resident string quartet at a South African university. A symbol of the University of the Free State’s commitment to the arts, the quartet offers performances that are deeply insightful and superbly performed.This highly-respected quartet is led by Samson Diamond, a cum laude graduate of the Royal College of Music in Manchester, U.K.

     

AWADAGIN PRATT piano

Saturday 16 May : 20.00

Awadagin Pratt A winner of the Naumberg International Piano Competition, Awadagin Pratt has an international career that includes performances in Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. He has frequently been invited to play at the White House for various presidents, is often the subject of radio and television programmes, has recorded several CDs and is currently Professor and Artist in Residence at the University of Cincinnati.

 

ANZEL GERBER cello
BEN SCHOEMAN piano

Saturday 6 June : 20.00

Gerber and SchoemanBen Schoeman, one of South Africa’s foremost pianists, has made a name for himself internationally, performing regularly in halls such as London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth halls. As a duo with cellist Anzel Gerber (who is invited with increasing frequency to perform internationally), he won the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy. Recently the duo made its début appearance in New York’s Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.

     

CHARL DU PLESSIS TRIO

Sunday 16 August: 17.00

Charl du Plessis We present  CLASSIC BROADWAY, a programme that has stood the test of  time, written by legendary songwriters Cole Porter, Kurt Well and Leonard Bernstein, and performed with style and panache by South Africa’s most versatile and best-known cross-over ensemble, the superb Charl du Plessis Trio. Well-known ballad singer Musamete will add his warm tenor voice to the performance.

 

BEN CAPPS cello
PIETER GROBLER piano

Sunday 6 September : 17.00

Ben CappsExciting young American cellist Ben Capps enjoys a versatile performing career as soloist and, chamber musician. He tours China, Spain, Greece and Mexico, playing in halls such as Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He plays a cello built in 1782 and has been called a ‘cello phenomenon’. Pieter Grobler graduated from the University of North Texas and has served on the piano faculty of Heidelberg College, Ohio.

     

HRACHYA AVANESYAN violin
PIETER JACOBS piano

Saturday 10 October : 20.00

Hrachya Avanesyan Armenian-born Hrachya Avanesyan is one of the most inspiring artists of his generation and has performed with almost every European orchestra of significance. He has appeared on stage with (for instance) Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov and plays a unique Stradivarius from 1717. Pieter Jacobs is recognized as one of SA’s most accomplished musicians, and regularly performs with visiting artists.

 

VASSILY PRIMAKOV piano
NATALIA LAVROVA piano

Saturday 14 November : 20:00

Primakov and Lavrova The Primakov-Lavrova Duo, composed of two pianists who are superbly matched in technical and musical prowess, has been gathering accolades since 2010 when they began playing together. Both pianists have busy solo careers but, as a duo, they unite forces to provide dazzling performances that are noted for their ‘brilliance and depth’ (Fanfare Magazine).

 

  • Seats for all concerts can be booked at Computicket.   The Linder box office opens one hour before each performance for ticket sales, but please note that there is no credit card facility at the Linder box office.
  • Scholars / Students 23 years and under with a valid student card get substantial discounts.
  • Members of the JMS get 30% discount and free programmes at all concerts.
  • To become a JMS member, phone Avril on 011 728 5492 or Herman on 083 228 2917 or visit www.jms.org.za