Nederburg Concert Series

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SOME of the world's most feted classical musicians will perform at the 2009 Nederburg Concert Series at the Nederburg Manor House over the next few months.

Local flautist Liesl Stoltz, accompanied by pianist Albie van Schalkwyk, will be heard on June 28. They will play popular sonatas by Prokofiev, Martinu and Poulenc.

A Stellenbosch graduate, Stoltz has won numerous music awards, including the ATKV-Forte. She has performed at the Jeunessess Musicales International in Bucharest and at the Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy.

A collaboration between the Danish Nightingale String Quartet and African bow player Madosini will take place on July 19. Their performance will give life to the African Bow Project, an initiative aimed at keeping the artistry of the African bow alive.

Composers from many South African traditions were invited to transcribe a traditional uhadi bow song and arrange it for mezzo-soprano and string quartet.

They will play compositions by Mokale Koapeng, Robert Fokkens, Jurgen Brauninger and Michael Blake. The Bow Project will be touring South Africa in July for the first time.

Russian soprano Evgenia Grekova will perform on August 9 as part of her debut concert tour of the country. She will be accompanied by pianist Irina Puryshinskaja.

Their repertoire will include works by Schubert, Rachmaninov and Bernstein.

In 2006 Grekova was named the best concert singer in the Vodacom Unisa International Singing Competition in Pretoria. She has also won speciality prizes in other international competitions.

Fellow Russian Puryshinskaja has also won numerous piano competitions and is a professor of piano at the Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch in Austria. …