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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Friends of Music will host a recital by French pianist Maxime Zecchini on October 11.

Maxime Zecchini has played at numerous festivals in France and Italy and at prestigious venues in Paris such as Salle Gaveau, Atrium Magne and Centre Tchéque. He received a gold medal in 1995 from the Conservatory of Saint Maur des Fosses. In 1997, he was awarded the first prize, class of Jean-Marie Cottet at the Higher Regional Conservatory in Paris. In 2000, he won the International Piano Competition in Arcachon and in 2002 he was awarded the Cziffra Foundation prize. In 2003 he won the first prize at the International piano competition at the International Piano Competition at Varenna-Lake Como in Italy.

Maxime Zecchini is the first French pianist to receive a degree from the prestigious “Incontri col Maestro” academy in Imola, Italy. In recent years, he started focusing on playing piano compositions written for the left hand exclusively.

His programme will include works for both hands by Mozart, Chopin and Brahms as well as music for the left hand by Alkan, Saint-Saens, Blumenfeld and Schulhoff.

The Prelude Performers for the evening will be a Clarinet Quartet from the Durban Music School comprising Brett Alborough, Thomis Sweet, Wesley Lewis and Daniella Straeuli-Paul. They will perform Caprice for Clarinets by C Grundman, Duets for Clarinets by W A Mozart and a work by Scott Joplin for Clarinets.

The recital will take place on October 11 at 17h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Road (K.E. Masinga Road), Durban where there is safe parking. Tickets R70 (R60 FOM members and R20 Orchestral members and Students). Book through Computicket.

Friends of Music acknowledge the valued support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.