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Thursday, February 2, 2012


(Kensuke Kawajiri)

Hilton College Music Department will present a concert featuring Eben Wagenstroom and Kensuke Kawajiri on February 3.

Eben Wagenstroom has won numerous prizes and awards in examinations and at competitions and Eisteddfods. His concert debut was made with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. In the same year, he was awarded the cultural bursary and colours as the most outstanding music student at Tygerberg High School and in 2008 he was awarded colours as the most outstanding music student at his school.

In 2008 / 2009 Wagenstroom attended the Adamant Music School (USA) on a full scholarship, where he performed in numerous concerts, and in 2010 he performed in an Adamant Music School anniversary-concert at the Carnegie Hall, New York. He won the piano category in the 2011 Artscape National Youth Music competition (Cape Town) and was also the overall winner of this concert.

His programme will include Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, Op. 87 No.1; Haydn’s Sonata in F Major Hob. XVI: 23 [Moderato], Adagio, Finale: Presto; Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Nos. 1 and 3, and Brahms’ Rhapsody in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4

Kensuke Kawajiri began piano lessons in Japan at the age of four. He participated in the Japan Classical Music Competition for seven years, reaching the regional stages each year. Currently, he is a Grade 7 pupil at Pridwin Preparatory School, Johannesburg.

Kawajiri has participated in various concerts and musical festivals. In 2009 he was awarded the trophy for the most promising pianist 10 years and under at the Johannesburg Festival for the Advancement of Music. At this same festival he was awarded the trophy for the most promising pianist 12 years and under in 2010 and 2011, as well as for the best recital 12 years and under in 2010. He participated in the Sanlam National Music Competition held in Cape Town in 2009 and 2010, reaching the semi-final round both times. In September 2011, he again participated in this competition, which has been renamed as the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition. He was awarded first prize overall and also won prizes for the best performance of a baroque and classical work during the competition.

Kawayiri’s programme will include Bach’s Prelude from Partita no 3 in G minor; Mozart’s Sonata in D major K310 (Allegro con Spirito); Liszt’s Au Bord d'une Source and Khachaturian’s Toccata.

The concert takes place on February 3 at 19h00 in the Hilton College Theatre. Tickets: R40 booked on 033 383 0126/ 0127 or email: