Zanta in Concert
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2016 started with a most enjoyable recital that I performed together with my colleague, pianist Malcolm Nay at the famous wine estate ‘La Motte’ in the beautiful Franschoek Valley in the Western Cape.
For the next two months I will be immersed in the Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin. The pianist Ilia Radoslavov will perform all ten sonatas with me at the MIAGI music centre in Soweto, the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria and the Civic centre in Nelspruit, Mbombela. We will then follow that up with concerts in the US at Wesleyan Illinois University in March. Needless to say, this is the best thing I can dream of doing and I feel so privileged to rediscover Beethoven in this way since I last did all ten sonatas with Malcolm Nay at the National Arts Festival in 1999. One often performs single sonatas of Beethoven in recitals but to work on all ten gives you a much deeper experience of Beethoven’s creative process and his exploration of this particular instrument and sound combination.
Feel free to look through the website and if you can attend any of the concerts please don’t be shy to come and talk to me afterwards. I love meeting audience members and hearing your thoughts on the music.
There will be more French recitals this year. The Wits Trio of which I am a member will also perform the wonderful Schubert E-flat trio with Brahms C major trio and the Piazzola seasons.
Lastly, for those of you who feel the unease of the looming economic crisis I quote Beethoven who despite his difficult life also wrote the memorable music of the ‘Ode to Joy’:
“This is the mark of distinction of a truly admirable man: steadfastness in times of trouble”