The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Art (GIPCA) will host Renée Reznek for a once-off concert at Hiddingh Hall on 10 April at 16:00.
Reznek is an international pianist and renowned piano teacher.
Jay Pather, director of GIPCA said: “We are very excited to re-launch the popular Music in the City concert series with a performance by an illustrious alumnus of the university and welcome her home from the United Kingdom.”
Reznek will be performing works by Leoš Janáèek, Claude Debussy, Giles Swayne and Olivier Messiaen, as well as two exceptional pieces composed by David Earl (Old Roses) and Hendrik Hofmeyr (Partita Africana). This will be the South African première of the works by Swayne and Earl.
Earl composed Old Roses for Reznek in memory of her late parents, Rose and “Koffie” Reznek, both of whom he had known since 1974. “Rose’s name happens to be the name of a favourite flower of the Rezneks, so I was drawn to the opportunity of expressing musically the aura of roses, with their luminous titles, often as beautiful and memorable as their scent, colour and shape,” said Earl. “The piece has three main sections which intertwine, bloom and fade. They depict an ongoing valediction to love given and taken, as well as a meditation on the mystery of life’s impermanence,” he added.
South African born Reznek, who currently lives in North London, graduated with distinction from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Music degree, where Lamar Crowson was her teacher. As a child, Reznek studied with Adolf Hallis, who was a pupil of Tobias Mattay. After graduation, Renée was offered a scholarship to Carlo Zecchi’s class at the Mozarteum Summer School and subsequently went on a piano scholarship to study with Gyorgy Sandor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. Reznek has performed throughout Britain, Europe and South Africa, giving solo recitals and also playing concerti and chamber music, recording for radio and South African television. She taught Piano and Music History at Homerton College and St John’s College at Cambridge University for many years, and now teaches adults, young professional pianists and children.