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Friday, September 15, 2017


(Siberian Trio: Elena Kerimova, Liezl-Maret Jacobs & Boris Kerimov)

Friends of Music’s next concert on September 19 will feature the Siberian Trio with Liezl-Maret Jacobs (piano), Elena Kerimova (violin) and Boris Kerimov (cello).

Although they are all based in Durban they call themselves Siberian Trio because that is where Boris and Elena come from.

Jacobs studied music at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained the B. Mus degree in Performance cum laude. Thereafter she completed her B. Mus (hons), M. Mus (performance) and D. Mus at the University of Cape Town. Recognised as one of South Africa's leading accompanists, lectures and examiners, she performs regularly at various venues in Durban, Stellenbosch, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. Jacobs has given concerto performances with all South Africa’s leading orchestras.

Kerimova started to play the violin when she was seven years old. A year later she was admitted to the Special Music School for talented children. She performed regularly as a soloist with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and toured extensively with them through Europe and Japan. After relocating to South Africa in 1999, she took up a position with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. She has become a firm favourite with audiences displaying a dazzling technical ability and infectious stage personality. The violin she plays is the copy of Magini made in 19th century.

Kerimov was born in Russia. He started to play the cello at age of eight and graduated from the Novosibirsk Conservatoire in 1987. In 1986 he became a co-principal with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and toured extensively through Europe and Japan. He also performed regularly as a soloist. In 1999, he joined the KZNPO as principal cellist and has appeared as a soloist with them playing concerti by Boccherini, Lalo, Beethoven, the Brahms double concerto (with his wife Elena), Dvorak, Haydn, Myaskovsky and Schumann. Boris plays cello by Antonius and Hieronymus Amati made in 1580.

Their programme will include Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob.XV/25 "Gypsy"; Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor op. 32 and Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No.2 in Eb, D.929, Op.100.

Prelude Performer for the evening will be 16 year-old Rachel Luyt who has been playing the saxophone for five years. Her love of music extends to playing the piano, cello, marimbas and djembe drums. She is a member of various music ensembles at her school. St Mary’s DSG in Kloof. She is member of the KZN Wind Band and has performed with the KZNPO. She will perform Samba Triste from Three Piece Suite for Alto Sax by Richard Rodney Bennett and she will be accompanied by Liezl Maret-Jacobs.

The concert takes place on September 19 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Road (Old Fort Road) in Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members and R20 students and orchestra members) available at the door.