KZNPO summer concerts

2009-02-12 00:00

ACCOMPLISHED conductor Omri Hadari makes a welcome return to Durban today to lead the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert featuring popular pianist Florian Uhlig.

Lauded as “one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time”, Uhlig is renowned for his wide-ranging and exceptional repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers, whom he combines in his original programmes. He gave his first solo recital at the age of 12 and graduated with the highest distinction, the Premier Prix, from the Royal Academy of Music, has won numerous international prizes and has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa.

He made his orchestral debut at the Barbican in London in 1997 and since then has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Salzburg Mozart Ensemble and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Uhlig will perform with newcomer violinist Zoë Beyers in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Piano in D Minor at the World Symphony Series Summer Season concert in the Durban City Hall at 7.30 pm.

Beyers was born in Stellenbosch and began violin lessons at the age of six. Since her debut at the age of 11 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, she has performed throughout South Africa and Europe with many distinguished conductors. She also won the Tagore gold medal and held the Yehudi Menuhin scholarship at the Royal College of Music, where she completed a Masters degree in 2007. She regularly co-leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Hadari has appeared with numerous major orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Israel Chamber and the Columbus Symphony (Ohio), conducted his own London Lyric Orchestra, and conducted at the Sydney Opera House during the Australian Opera’s Bicentennial Celebration Season.

In addition to the Mendelssohn piece, he will conduct the KZNPO as they perform Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 Italian.

Tickets: R60 to R180 are available at Computicket.

— Arts Editor

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