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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Friends of Music have an exciting programme for classical music lovers lined up for 2014.

The first recital will take place on January 14 when KZN Philharmonic Concert Master, Joanna Frankel, will perform works by Elgar, Brahms, Mozart, De Falla accompanied on piano by Christopher Duigan one South Africa’s the leading pianists.

The rest of the year’s programme is as follows. Watch artSMart for programme details:

February 4: Michael Jones. Chosen to perform for the British Royal Family, Michael Jones has won many prizes for solo and chamber music playing. He was studied cello at the Royal College of Music in London and later at the Kolner Hochschule. His programme is titled A Musical Fantasy and will include works from Bach to Rodrigo. He will perform the South African premiere of Rodrigo’s Fantasia.

February 18: Duo Recital with cellist Peter Bruns (Berlin) accompanied by Annegret Kuttner (Germany). Peter Bruns has established an excellent reputation in the international music world as one of Germany’s leading cellists. Annegret impresses audiences with the naturalness of her interpretation as well as the lightness and clarity of her playing. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician in diverse musical and cultural centres in Germany and abroad. Their programme includes works by Schumann, Chopin and Brahms.

February 25: Astrith Baltsan. This top Israeli Pianist’s interpretation of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and Brahms is widely acclaimed. She was awarded the Audience Choice Prize by Israel’s largest newspaper and special excellence from the Israeli Government and Minister of Education.

March 18: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov, featuring pianists Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov. The sensational international concert career of the Genova and Dimitrov Duo began with winning all the major piano duo competitions, including ARD Munich, Miami,Tokyo and Bellini Italy. They also appeared in countless radio and TV broadcasts on all continents. Their programme will include Brahms, Grieg, Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel.

March 25: Cellibration performed by principal members of the KZN Philharmonic. The ensemble comprises cellists Boris Kerimov, Ralitsa Todorova, Marguerite Spies and Fiona Grayer. Guest soloists are Stephane Pechoux (percussion) and Elena Kerimova (violin). The programme will feature Lucia, Francini, Mores, Piazzolla, Bach, Chopin, Dark Eyes, Metallica, Caccini, Dinicu --- Toss the feathers.

April 8: Pierre-André Doucet. This talented pianist from New Brunswick (Canada) will perform Scarlatti Sonatas in F Major, K.82; G. Major, K. 146 and A Major, K.208 and Hamelin  Etude no.6: Omaggio a Scarlatti; Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No.11; Harmonies du soir; Muczynski – Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations); Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor and Miller’s Variations and theme on an Acadian Folk Song. 

May 27: Duo Olite with Alma Olite (violin) and Denis Lossev (piano). Alma Olite has established herself as one of the most interesting Spanish artists of her generation.  She has been awarded major prizes including first prize at Vila de Salou as well as Teodoro Ballo and a prize at the International Wieniawski Competitions. Denis Lossev was born in Russia.  His performance activities spread through Russia and Europe.  He is also involved in Chamber Music Festivals dedicated to Franck and Schostakovich in collaboration with the Albeniz Quartet. Their programme will feature works by Vitali, Beethoven, de Falla and Wieniawski.

June 10: Ilya Gringolts (violin) and Peter Laul (piano). Ilya Gringolts has performed all over Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. He was the winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition and was awarded two special prizes for the youngest first prize winner in the history of the Competition and the best interpreter. Peter Laul won the special prize for the best Bach performance in the Bremen International Piano Competition in 1995 and again in 1977, he won the 1st prize and special prize for the best Schubert sonata performance. His programme includes Dvorak’s Sonata F Major, Beethoven’s Sonata No 7 and Strauss’s Sonata.

June 24: KZN Philharmonic String Quartet: Johanna Frankel (Concert Master), Violeta Osorhean (Associate Concert Master), David Snaith (Viola), Boris Kerimov (Principal Cellist), Sorin –Mircea (Principal French Horn) and Tzanko Tzankov (French Horn). This promises to be a stunning unusual recital including Mozart’s String Quartet, Beethoven’s Horn Sextet (String Quartet plus two French Horns) and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet.

July 22: Piano Duo- Liezl-Marét Jacobs (piano) and Elna van der Merwe (piano). Elna and Liezl-Marét have established themselves as well-known South African pianists, accompanists and chamber musicians. On one piano they will present a delightful programme of piano duets by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Schubert.

August 12: Cobus Du Toit on flute and Patrick Sutton on guitar. Cobus has won many competitions on two different continents. Some of prominent prizes include the Unisa Performance Laicent competition; The Bolder Philharmonic competition; the Byron Hester flute and Samro International Scholarship Competition. Patrick Sutton has received several honours including the first place in the 2009 Lamont Chamber Music competition. He is also two-time prize Dcgs guitar competition. Their programme includes works by Piazzola; Takemitsu; Iznaloa and Beaser.

August 17: The Annual Beth Shalom Concert taking place at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort (K E Masinga) Road.

August 19: Enrique Brenaldo de Quirós. Born in Moscow, he has received more than 40 prizes in prestigious international competitions. He won the Unisa piano competition in 2012 which placed him in the select group of Spanish Musicians. In 2008 he performed in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, one of the most emblematic halls in the world. He will perform works by Debussy, Albéniz and Rachmáninov.

September 2: Quintet for Strings and Piano comprising David Smith (piano), Géza Kayser and Jitske Brian (violin), Nigel Fish (cello) and Claire Hamilton (viola). They will perform works by Locatelli, Haydn, Stravinsky and Schubert.

October 28: Avigail (violin) and Ammiel Bushakevitz (piano).This talented brother and sister duo has won many awards locally and Internationally. Their programme includes works by Mozart, Schumann, Bloch and Ravel.

November 18: Antoinette Olivier (soprano) and pianist Tinus Botha will present a varied programme of Wagner and Dvorak opera arias, art songs and works for solo piano by Schumann, Liszt and Scriabin written for the left hand only.

December 2: The Rising Stars. Friends of Music in collaboration with the South African Music Teachers Association present a programme by highly talented young musicians from KwaZulu-Natal.

All Friends of Music recitals and concert take place at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre. Booking is at Computicket. Season tickets are now available. For more information visit