Virtual Spring Symphony Season 2020 – Concert 3

This concert will be available for viewing as follows:

Wednesday 25 (19h30) – Friday 27 (19h30) November


Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 in c minor, op. 37
Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A, op. 92

Duration: 70 minutes

This year marks the 250th year of Beethoven’s birth and this week’s programme features the ever-popular works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The first performance, Piano Concerto No. 3 is generally thought to have been composed in 1800, although this is uncertain. It was first performed with Beethoven himself, as soloist. If your picture of Beethoven is of a dramatic, dark personality whose tragic life events shaped him and his music, then the Piano Concerto No.3 is the man personified!

The composer introduced his Concerto at the benefit concert – with Beethoven as beneficiary! There was only one rehearsal for the entire concert, and it was a shambles. The score of the Concerto was not finished by the time the rehearsal started and indeed it remained a work in progress during the performance.

The second piece, the Symphony No. 7 in A major, was composed while Beethoven was improving his health in a spa town in Bohemia. At its premiere, in 1813, Beethoven himself was the conductor and it remained one of his best works. The piece was very well received, such that the audience demanded an encore!

Conductor: Lyk Temming

Lyk Temmingh was born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa. After completing his B.Mus. (Performers) at the University of Stellenbosch he began his career as a violinist with orchestras in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban. He joined the second violin section of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra during its inaugural season in 1983 and was later appointed co-principal of the section.  In 1991 he was appointed as the orchestra’s assistant conductor. In the same year he was the recipient of the SAA Performing Arts Award for his services to music.  As both assistant and freelance conductor he has conducted a wide range of music: educational programmes, symphony concerts, outdoor popular programmes, major choral works, opera and ballet. The numerous musicals he has conducted include The Sound of Music, Showboat, Evita, Oliver!, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. 

Now as a resident conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, Temmingh appears regularly on the orchestra’s concert podium.  In 2004 he proudly accepted the role of selector and conductor of the National Youth Concerto Festival.  Temmingh was appointed Artistic Director and conductor of the KZN Youth Orchestra in 2006.  In 2013 he accompanied 55 members of the KZN Youth Orchestra to Germany where they performed with the Bremen Youth Orchestra.

Soloist – Francois du Toit (Piano)

Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists and musicians, Francois du Toit is an Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Practical Studies at the University of Cape Town. Also holding diplomas up to Fellowship level from the Trinity College of Music, London, he studied for the Solistendiplom at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany.

During his period of study abroad he distinguished himself in several important international piano competitions, taking top prizes in the 1991 Hannover Music Competition, the 1992 Rotterdam and 1993 Marsala Internationals, and the 1994 International Maria Callas Competition in Athens. Appearing as an acclaimed soloist with orchestras (both locally and abroad) since the age of fifteen, François du Toit was selected, while still a student at UCT, to accompany the former Cape Town Symphony Orchestra as soloist on its historic tour of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1988.

In July 2006 he released his first solo CD comprising works of Bach-Busoni, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Chopin and in 2010 TwoPianists record label released his recording of the Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals and master classes in America, Asia and Europe and in 2012 he undertook a concert tour to Paris, Vienna and Cardiff where he accompanied the flautist, Liesl Stolz.  In between lecturing and administrative duties at the University of Cape Town where he is Head of Practical Studies, François is external examiner for several universities in South Africa and is often invited to sit as juror for competitions throughout the country and abroad.

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