Concert a must

2016-01-27 06:00

THE Free State Symphony Orchestra will begin 2016 with a concert in the Sand du Plessis Theatre on Saturday, 13 February.

The programme will include the impressive Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, op. 102 (Brahms), with the South African-born violinist Pieter Schoeman and the cellist Anmari van der Westhuizen as soloists and the Symphony No. 2 in D-major op. 43 (Sibelius).

The conductor will be Alexander Fokkens.

Pieter Schoeman was appointed as concert-master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. Born in South Africa, Pieter made his solo debut aged ten with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.

He studied with Jack de Wet in South Africa, winning numerous competitions, he was offered the Heifetz Chair of Music scholarship to study with Eduard Schmieder in Los Angeles and in 1991 his talent was spotted by Pinchas Zukerman, who recommended that he move to New York to study with Sylvia Rosenberg.

In 1994 he became her teaching assistant at the Indiana University, Bloomington.

Pieter has performed worldwide as a soloist and recitalist.

As a chamber musician he regularly performs at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.

He has recorded numerous violin solos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos, Opera Rara, Naxos, X5, the BBC and for American film and television, and led the orchestra in its soundtrack recordings for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Anmari van der Westhuizen was appointed adjunct professor in cello at the University of the Free State and cellist of the Odeion String Quartet in 2008.

Anmari is the winner of the ATKV Forte Competition, the SABC Competition, the Oude Meester Competition and the University of Natal 75th anniversary prize.

She was an invitee with current concert master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pieter Schoeman, to the International Youth Music Festival held at Interlochen, America.

Anmari made several CD recordings and her solo CD including works by Roelof Temmingh and Egon Wellesz was well received by the Austrian Magazine for New Music.

Anmari has more than 30 years of experience as principal cellist of orchestras and string ensembles. She was the conductor/director of the UCT String Ensemble for ten years and is currently conductor of the Odeion Sinfonia and co-conductor of the FSYO.

Tickets are available at R150 (adults), R100 (pensioners), R50 (students) and R100 for groups of ten or more.

For more information contact Ella Kotze on 051-401-2342

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