Conductor: Brandon Phillips
Soloist: Avigail Bushakevitz (violin)
Kodaly Dances of Galanta
Khachaturian Violin Concerto
Winner of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Inaugural Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition in 2010, Brandon Phillips started his music career in the New Apostolic Church where he learned various instruments and also choral training. He studied bassoon and viola at the University of Cape Town, receiving his Diploma for orchestral studies and B Mus Honours in solo bassoon in 2005. Phillips currently is also solo principal bassoon of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a result of the Len Van Zyl competition, Phillips studied conducting in the United States at the Northwestern University in Chicago under Maestro Victor Yampolsky in 2010. While in the US, Phillips was a conducting intern with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he conducted the Miagi Orchestra in Berlin and Amsterdam to critical acclaim.
Phillips is regularly invited as an adjudicator and conductor for various competitions such as the ATKV, Artscape National Youth, Unisa Winds and the Schock Singing competitions.
He works with many of South Africa’s orchestras and choirs. These include the Miagi Youth Orchestra, and Sasol National Youth Festival as well as the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Unisa Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bloemfontein University Symphony, Black Tie Ensemble, the Cape Town Philharmonia Choir, the New Apostolic Symphony and Choir and, of course, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also conducted at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.
In 2016, he was invited to conduct in Moscow and St Petersburg as part of a Russia/South African cultural exchange.
Avigail Bushakevitz was born in Israel and grew up in South Africa where she studied with Jack de Wet. She graduated from the Juilliard School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and a Master of Music in 2012. She also studied in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music. The winner of numerous music competitions in South Africa, she regularly gives recital tours with her brother Ammiel, and together released a CD of Mozart’s Violin and Piano Sonatas. She has also played as a soloist with all the orchestras in South African and in Tel Aviv with the Buchmann-Mehta Orchestra. Ms Bushakevitz is a member of Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and also of the First Violins in the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin.
Tickets from R230 to R90 (platform, unreserved.) Student and senior citizens R90 if still available 30 min before concert at the door. Bookings at Computicket: 0861 915 8000 or Artscape dial-a-seat: 021 421 7695
Pre-concert talks before most symphony concerts at 19:15, open to ticket holders. Dress rehearsals usually at 11 am on concert days.