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Monday, October 26, 2009


Friends of Music to host recital by acclaimed South African pianist.

Friends of Music will host a recital on November 3 by Ben Schoeman, one of the acclaimed South African pianists who graduated with distinction at the University of Pretoria in 2005. He recently became the first South African to win the 1st grand prize and gold medal in the 2008 UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition.

He has performed as soloist with all the major symphony orchestras in South Africa and given recitals throughout the country with many of his performances being broadcast on South African radio and television networks. He has also performed in several European countries such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Georgia, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In July 2007, Ben Schoeman was invited to give solo recitals at two important festivals in Canada, the Oxford Arts Festival as well as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. A performance at the Schloss Moritzburg in Germany was well acclaimed in August 2007.

The recital will take place on November 3 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Road, Durban. Tickets R70 (R60 FOM members and R20 students/orchestral members). There is safe parking. Booking is through Computicket.