October 14, 2016 Newsletter

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Full newsletter: Howard Shelley, Jan Hugo, Sylvia Schulman, Maria du Toit and more of your favorites

October 14, 2016 Newsletter

web-shelleyA household name thanks in large part to his extensive discography, Shelley made his television debut when he was 10, graduating later from the Royal College of Music. In the same year, 1971, he made his Wigmore Hall debut. He has in the meantime become acclaimed for his conducting from the keyboard, and has appeared as such with all the major orchestras around the world.

Tickets from Computicket on 0861 915 8000/ www.computicket.com or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. More information from luvuyo@cpo.org.za or 021 410 9809. Tickets are R500; members of FOM receive a 10 per cent discount and an invitation to the post-concert reception.

web-janhugoHugo left South Africa when he was 13 to study in Italy, and has studied and is establishing a career in performance and teaching in Europe. First prizewinner in the UNISA National Piano Competition in 2011, he followed that with the UNISA Performer’s Licentiate Bursary Competition top prize, the Western Art Music category prize at the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition, the piano section of the Royal Overseas League Competition prize in London and 2nd prize this year at the Alkan-Zimmerman piano competition in Greece.

He began his tuition in Pretoria, distinguishing himself in local arts festivals and eisteddfodau. At the age of 13 he moved to Italy when pianist Francesco Cipoletta invited him to study at the Instituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Vecchi.Tonelli” in Modena. He received his M Mus there in 2010, followed by a Master’s degree in Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig this year. He also studied with Boris Petrushansky for a Master’s Diploma in Piano Performance at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.

Hugo has played at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the Steinway Hall in London and has given recitals in many festivals and venues in Italy and Germany. He has participated in various master classes with internationally acclaimed pianists and teachers, such as Michel Dalberto, Graham Scott and Leslie Howard. He also regularly performs recitals around South Africa, and has played with the CPO, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra and the UNISA Music Foundation Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductors such as Bernhard Gueller, Daniel Boico, Arjan Tien and Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Tickets from Computicket on 0861 915 8000/ www.computicket.com and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695. More information cpo.org.za / luyuyo@cpo.org.za 021 410 9809.

Cape Times / 4 October 2016, 7:02pm

Christina McEwan

web-nettle-markhamWith conductor David Tidboald celebrating his 90th birthday in September, the Cape Town Philharmonic Philharmonic Orchestra has to wait until the opening concert of the CPO’s spring season on November 10 to honour Tidboald. But it couldn’t be more appropriate, for the soloists on the programme are the British piano duo Nettle and Markham, and it was Tidboald who accompanied them in the Cape Town debut 24 years ago, also in September.

Tidboald is one of the most prominent of conductors who have worked in the country, most particularly this city. In November 1957, he came to Cape Town for the first time to conduct the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra (later the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra) and three years later was appointed its orchestral director which he remained until 1965. He continued to conduct in Cape Town even when he returned to the UK that year to conduct its major orchestras.

The next challenge was in 1970 when the former Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB) was formed and an orchestra for opera and ballet was required. This became Tidboald’s task, and he set up the orchestra with 45 players, some of whom came from the UK, Germany and France. His legacy to the city was the annual youth music festival established. The festival had its 45th anniversary this year at Artscape.

Two years after leaving CAPAB in 1981, Tidboald was asked to establish what is now the KZN Philharmonic, and he set up an annual youth festival there, too. He also taught conducting at the SA College of Music at UCT for a few years.

Tidboald may have few regrets, but one lingers. He has also composed, and he sent a work he wrote for her to the famed contralto Kathleen Ferrier. She responded that she had every intention of studying when she returned to London from Vienna, but it was too late. The cancer which eventually took her life in 1953, had made its appearance. Although Tidboald was stepping back from conducting when Louis Heyneman became CEO of the CPO in 2000, he did conduct the CPO in those early years. Heyneman says he grew up with Tidboald on the podium.

“He was respected among musicians and had a wealth of experience of all sorts behind him.”

Since Tidboald considers himself to have been privileged to have collaborated with and, in many cases, got to know some of the leading artists of the last half century, he considered it would be “a waste to make one’s departure from this planet without recording impressions of these remarkable artists.” In 2008, he published People I Made Music With, dedicated to his partner of more than 50 years, Tjaart Swart.

While many soloists have appeared under his baton…. from Hendryk Szerung, Victoria de los Angeles and Alicia de Larrocha to dancers such as Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn … Nettle and Markham remain favourites, and they speak fondly of him.

“The first time we performed with Tidboald was exciting. We gave what must have been the African premiere of Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos. We very much enjoyed rehearsing it with such an innate musician as David. He was as sensitive to the balance required to ensure the pianos weren’t swamped by the orchestra in Bruch’s rich orchestral sonorities textures as to the style and character of this unusual work.”

Tidboald looks forward to hearing the Double Concerto in E that they’ll play, for this is the original reconstructed version few have heard. Nettle and Markham, frustrated with the problems they found in the published score, went on a detective hunt and discovered that there were two “original” versions, in two libraries in a Germany separated by decades of partition. One version was in Mendelssohn’s own hand, with insertions, deletions and some scribblings, all made from the time it was written when he was 14 to its first performance in London when he was 19 or 20 in 1829 and then more still later, some of which were indecipherable.

The second, in the hand of pianist Ignaz Moscheles who gave the first performance with Mendelssohn in 1929, was virgin. So Nettle and Markham began the painstaking job of piecing together the original concerto.

Nettle and Markham will offer three different performances – a four-hands one piano recital for the Richard Wagner Society on Sunday, October 23 (Information from jillycohen@absamail.co.za, 082 45 96225), a duo recital on two pianos for the Cape Town Concert Series on Saturday (Computicket 0861 915 8000, info@ctconcerts.co.za) on November 12; and this CPO concert on November 10, which will be conducted by Omri Hadari. Also on the programme are the overture to Ruy Blas by Mendelssohn and the Symphony no 5 in D minor by Shostakovich.

Computicket 0861 915 8000, www.computicket.com or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

web-maria-du-toitWhen Maria moved to The Netherlands two years ago, she knew that the first year she would need to concentrate on being just a mom to Ivan, now 11 and Sofia, 9, before she could take up her career again. The children were immediately immersed in a Dutch school to “adapt or die” and they adapted admirably, she says. New friends and new interests, and all in a safe environment that means Ivan can cycle home at 9.30 from sport quite happily and she can get back a little more to her career.

Not that she has forsaken her clarinet. She has had time to practice, and has played chamber music, recitals and a concerto or two in South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Bulgaria, and plans to do more in the coming year. A month ago, a recital in which she was playing the Milhaud Trio in Varna in Bulgaria turned into a reunion – her violinist had to cancel before the recital, but happily on holiday in Varna was Martin Panteleev, who stepped in with his violin and the concert was a great success, she says. Coming up will be more concerts and more recordings.

Maria will be in South Africa on her own for two weeks, since it is not easy to take children out of school in Holland. And meshing her and Arjan’s schedules is nigh impossible with his busy schedule. His new position with the Royal Marine Band will keep him much closer to home, working in Rotterdam, she says, about an hour from their town. In any event, next July they will all be here on holiday. Arjan’s two children, Lara, 11, and Marcel, 7, who spend half their year with Maria and Arjan, will join them at Franskraal on the southwest coast to celebrate some significant birthdays: Maria turns 40, her sister 50 and their father 80.

More details from mariadutoitclarinet@gmail.com

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