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Sunday, May 26, 2019


(Philipp Richardsen)

Friend of Music’s next recital on June 4, 2019, will feature internationally-acclaimed concert pianist, Philipp Richardsen. Audiences can expect a concert of power, dynanism and finesse.

Born in Vienna into a family of medical doctors, Richardsen received first piano lessons at the age of five. His formal music education includes the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Upon graduation with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, he settled in South Korea, where he has been living since 2007. He has also received formal training in law at the University of Vienna and in non-profit management at Harvard University.

Richardsen, who is fluent in seven languages including Korean, has been serving on the faculty of the music college at Mokwon University in Daejeon, South Korea, since 2008. Since 2015, he has been hosting The Classical Collection, a weekly radio show airing on the TBS Network, Korea.

His programme will include:

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/49

Percy Grainger (1882-1961) - Colonial Song

Sergei Lyapunov (1859-1924) - Etudes d'exécution transcendante, Op. 11

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) - Suite From Holberg's Time, Op. 40

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arrangement for piano solo: Mikhail Pletnev)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - Impromptu op. 90, no. 4 in A flat major

(Right: Avuya Ngcaweni)

Prelude Performer for the evening will be soprano Avuya Ngcaweni who is a 22 year-old summa cum laude music graduate of UKZN. She is currently doing her honours, majoring in voice performance. She has performed with the KZNPO as a lead soloist and has also performed in two musical theatre productions during the UKZN collaboration with SMU (Southern Methodist University). She recently performed a lead role in Igugu Lami (My Pride) by Joshua Samuels at the UKZN (OSCA). Her accompanist will be Bobby Mills and her programme includes Lágrimas mías from El anillo de hierro by Miguel Marqués; S'altro che lacrime from La Clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ella a fui la tourtelle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.

The concert takes place at 19h30 on June 4, 2019, at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, North Beach. Tickets R120 (R100 FOM members) available at the door.

For more information phone 071 505 1021 (Keith) or mail or visit