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Thursday, August 11, 2022


(Right: Nina-Marie Watson)

Friends of Music’s next event will be a Trio Concert featuring the wonderful talents of Nina Watson (piano); Petya Koleva (violin) and Marguerite Spies (cello)

It will take place on September 4 at 15h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre. 

NB: (Date changed because of the Comrades Marathon making road access to the venue problematic)

The programme will include: Beethoven Piano Trio, Rachmaninoff Elegiac Trio and various other pieces by Haydn, Schubert, Piazzolla and Chick Corea.

Nina-Marie Watson started piano and cello lessons at the age of 6. She studied for a B.Mus Ed degree at Wits University. After a spell as a teacher at Roedean School for Girls, she joined the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990 as a tutti cellist. She held this position for 23 years, before moving to Crawford College, North Coast for the next 10 years. Currently, she is the Head Subject Music at Durban’s Clifton School.

(Left: Petya Koleva)

Petya Koleva was born in Bulgaria and started to play the violin when she was six years old. She started her professional career in the Bulgaria Symphony orchestra in 1987, often touring through Europe with the orchestra. In 1990, she joined the KZNPO in Durban, where she is still working as Principal Second Violinist. From 2006 to 2016, she was the concertmaster of Baroque 2000 Ensemble. As a chamber musician she plays 1st violinist in Allegro Strings and Quattro Femmes quartets.

(Right: Marguerite Spies)

Marguerite Spies grew up in Stellenbosch and began her cello lessons at the age of eight. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2008. Spies’s cello has taken her to many countries around the world participating in music festivals and orchestral tours. Until recently, she was a tutti cellist in the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years as well as a member of The World Orchestra and the South African New Music Ensemble.

The Trio Concert will take place on September 4, 2022, at 15h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Road.

Tickets R140 (R120 FOM members) at the door.

For more information contact or phone 071 505 1021.