Summer Season 2020 – Concert 3


Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major
Georges Bizet: Symphony no1 in C major     

Conductor : Arjan Tien

German-Dutch conductor Arjan Tien studied violin and viola at the Conservatory in Utrecht and conducting with George Hurst and Roberto Benzi in England and Switzerland. He finished his studies in Utrecht in 1994 summa cum laude. As a viola player he gave his solo debut with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists in Sao Paulo and Vitória in Brazil. Arjan Tien also was concert master at the Brabants Kammerorchester and solo violist at the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. From 1992 to 2004 he was a viola player at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland. In 1997 Arjan Tien attended the International Conductor Master Class in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. He received First Prize Rotary-Faller“.

Soloist – Tai Murray – violin

AUSTRIA/Tai Murray © Julia Wesely

Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010).

She has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Shanghai’s Concert Hall. Performing with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Now a resident of Berlin, Tai Murray’s appearances close to home include Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal at the Philharmonie, projects with the Philharmonic Staatsorchester of Mainz and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and tours with the Brandenburger Symphoniker and Niederrheinische Sinfoniker.

Soloist – Aristide du Plessis – cello

Born in Durban, 1989, Aristide du Plessis has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading cellists, making regular appearances on national television and radio, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls ranging from the Zürich Tonhalle and Vienna Musikverein to the Herkulessaal in Munich, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie.

Having won numerous prizes in competitions such as the Kiwanis Chamber Music Prize (Switzerland), ATKV Musiq, FMR/Nussbaum, Stellenbosch National Ensemble Competition (1st Prize, Axiom Piano Trio), he has made Chamber Music collaborations with artists such as Nina Schumann, Peter Martens, Keiko Tamura, Junnan Sun, Christopher Duigan, Frank Stadler, Daniel Rowland, Marian Lewin and Gareth Lübbe. As a soloist he has performed since the age of 15 with all of the country’s leading orchestras such as the KZN Philharmonic, the Cape Philharmonic, and Camerata Tinta Barocca (Cape Town), under the batons of conductors Daniel Boico, Naum Rousine, Lykele Temmingh, Alexander Fokkens and Brandon Phillips.

Soloist – Malcolm Nay – piano

Malcolm Nay is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber pianists and accompanists in South Africa.
After graduating with a BMus from Wits University where he studied with Pauline Nossel and Isabella Stengel, he travelled on scholarships to America, where he studied with
Bela Siki. He is also sought after as an adjudicator at prestigious music competitions throughout the country, and he continues to perform extensively at the larger festivals in South Africa. He is currently Associate Professor at the Wits School of Arts Division of Music.

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