Acclaimed flautist Liesl Stoltz will present a program of contemporary South African flute works at Hiddingh Hall, as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Music in the City concert series.
Classical flute music by South African composers generally gets very little exposure; given the complex and ‘academic’ nature of the oeuvre, these works are rarely included in recital programmes. They are often prescribed for university examinations and competitions, but tend to be passed over when programming decisions are made, in favour of more popular ‘crossover’ music. In addition, recordings of South African flute works (including compositions for solo flute, chamber music and flute concertos) are hardly ever commercially available.
As a result, South African classical composers of flute music receive very limited recognition, despite their compositions often proving to be unique in character when compared to other classical flute works. This Music in the City programme provides a distinctive opportunity to right this imbalance through its promotion ofthe South African flute repertoire, and making classical music lovers aware of the unique contribution of local composers.
The concert will feature works by South African composers Peter Klatzow, Stefans Grové, Hendrik Hofmeyr, and Paul Hanmer; performed by Stoltz, with esteemed musicians Francois du Toit (piano), Albie van Schalkwyk (piano), Frank Mallows (marimba), Peter Martens (cello) and Magdalene Minnaar (soprano).
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Peter Klatzow: Sur une route toute blanche Stefans Grové: Soulbird trio Peter Klatzow: Figures in a landscape
INTERVAL Hendrik Hofmeyr: Il giardino delle Esperidi Paul Hanmer: Skelmbos Hendrik Hofmeyr: Dover Beach
Liesl Stoltz performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in South Africa and abroad. An award-winning classical flautist, she spent several years in Paris and Italy where she studied with flute virtuosi such as Shigenori Kudo, Pierre Yves Artaud and Peter Lukas Graf. Stoltz teaches privately and at the South African College of Music, UCT, where she is also a Mellon Foundation Post-doctorate Fellow.
Francois du Toit is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest pianists, chamber musicians and music educators. An Associate Professor of Piano and head of Chamber Music at the South African College of Music, UCT, he is an acclaimed concerto soloist, sought-after partner of visiting international artists in recital for chamber music societies throughout South Africa, and a highly respected adjudicator at the various national music competitions.
Albie van Schalkwyk is considered one of the country’s foremost chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He was the original pianist of the PotchTrio, founder member of the SA Chamber Music Society and has toured nationally with many distinguished international artists. Currently Professor of Piano at the South African College of Music, UCT, he also regularly spends time as guest lecturer at the Neuberger Internationale Kulturtage in Austria.
Frank Mallows is currently the Principal of the Beau Soleil Music Centre in Kenilworth, Cape Town, a position he has held for the past 16 years. He is also the Percussion and Drum Set lecturer at the South African College of Music.Mallows has studied with two of the world’s leading mallet percussion specialists, Americans Robert van Sice (with whom he focused on solo marimba), and Ed Saindon (specialising in contemporary jazz vibraphone techniques).
Peter Martens’ career as orchestral cellist saw him occupying principal positions in several South African orchestras and working with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He currently divides his time between the management of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and the Endler Concert Series at Stellenbosch University, and extensive chamber music and solo schedules.
Magdalene Minnaar freelances across South Africa, appearing as vocal soloist in various productions and concerts. She made her debut as the female lead, Christine Daee, in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Phantom of the Operain November 2011. Minnaar has collaborated widely with contemporary and electronic musicians, composers and theatre makers. Her company, Biblioteek Music Productions, provides a platform for performers, composers and designers to collaborate on theatrical music productions.