(Christopher Duigan. Photo by Val Adamson)
Friends of Music will feature Pietermaritzburg-based Steinway Artist Christopher Duigan at their next concert on November 8.
Duigan is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading pianists and, as producer and impresario, he is the director of Music Revival, established in 1997. He completed his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he was awarded the professional performer’s diploma and won first prize in the prestigious RNCM Recital prize for pianists.
Duigan will perform the music of French-Polish pianist and composer, Frédéric Chopin and the programme includes a selection of the composer's music, including: the Ballade No 3, Scherzo No.1 and nocturnes, mazurkas and waltzes.
Duigan will also be discussing the insight he gained into Chopin's life and his music while on a trip to Warsaw, Poland, and the Chopin Museum last year.
The pianist has devoted much time to the study and performance of Chopin’s music in his professional career over the last 25 years and was invited to give two recital programmes of the composer’s music at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010 on the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.
The Prelude Performer for the evening will be pianist Tazlo Jacobs.
The concert takes place at 19h30 on November 8 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road in Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members, R20 orchestral players and students) at the door.
Friends of Music is supported by the National Lotteries Commission.