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September 11, 2018 Newsletter
The festival’s finale, with six pianists and movements from five piano concertos, will be with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Boico. This concert will take place at the Cape Town City Hall on Sunday, November 18, at 18:00.
Says Kurtz: ‘Les Amateurs virtuoses! is a traveling festival and has been all over the world. Yet, in people’s minds, classical music usually belongs to Europe, Asia or America. I was thrilled to discover the outstanding standards of the classical music scene in South Africa. There are amazing opportunities for us, and for the first time we will be playing in a township, and performing with a world-class orchestra.
Concerts will be held daily from November 10 to November 18, mainly at the Baxter Concert Hall at 19 :30, while the concert on November 11 will be at 16:30 at Endlers Hall and the final festival concert on November 18 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the City Hall at 18 :00.
One of the special events is Carnival of the Animals for four hands performed by Du Toit and Thomas Yu at the Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa on November 17 at 14:30.
Two concerts - on November 10 and November 17 in Langa will also feature a group of 40 from the Muzukidz not-for-profit organization, which teaches violin to children from disadvantaged townships around the Cape Town.
Master classes take place at 10:00 on November at the Endler Hall presented by Jan Hugo, and on the 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Baxter Concert Hall with Francois du Toit, Albie van Schalkwyk, Phillip Fowke and Jan Gottlieb, respectively.
Works on the recital programmes cover the spectrum from sonatas, nocturnes, partitas and more from Bach to Chopin, Haydn to Milhaud and Mussorgsky, Brubeck and Gershwin to Prokofiev’s Cinderella.
The years in Germany especially allowed him to expand his musical horizons and gain a wide range of experience. In Hanover, he cultivated his love for chamber music by founding the Daphnis String Quartet with three fellow students. The Quartet performed at several festivals in Germany, such as the Heidelberger Frühling and Quartettaffairs in Frankfurt and made it to the semi-final round of the August Everding String Quartet Competition. In Hanover he was also an intern at the North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He became a founding member of Ensemble Reflektor, an innovative chamber orchestra based in Hamburg and focusing on music from the Baroque and Classical eras. Coetzee became versed in the operatic repertoire by playing in the Oldenburg State Theatre Orchestra for two years.
He also attended many summer courses and festivals. Coetzee considers his participation in the Aurora Summer Music Festival Orchestra to be a highlight in this regard, performing the Penderecki Violin Concerto with soloist Sayaka Shoji under the direction of the distinguished composer himself.
He returned to SA in 2018 when he won the audition for the CPO position. “I'm delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the wide-ranging musical experiences the CPO offers local audiences,“ he says.“It's a privilege to be involved in such an orchestra that is aware of its responsibility to a wider population and supports several educational and outreach initiatives. It's so good to be back home, being able to reconnect with family and friends and to be able to make great music with such wonderful colleagues in such a beautiful city.“