SA pianist to perform in Zim

HARARE - Acclaimed South African pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz will give recitals in Harare and Bulawayo during a visit to Zimbabwe in May.

The Harare recital, will take place at the Arundel School Chapel at 3pm on May 8 while the Bulawayo performance will be at the Robert Sibson Hall at 7pm on Thursday May 12.

He is giving the performances in Zimbabwe for free in order to support the Zimbabwe Academy of Music in Bulawayo, and is appearing in the country as a guest of the Classical Music Association of Zimbabwe, which has arranged his visit.

The recitals will have the support of Performing Arts Bulawayo and Celebrity Subscription Concerts in Harare.

His programme includes Schubert’s Four Impromptus and Ungarische Melodie; Liszt’s Les jeux d’eaux à la villa d’Este ; Rameau (trans. Godowsky): Rigaudon from Dardanus; Fauré: Romance sans paroles ; Alkan: Duettino from Recueil de chants; Richard Strauss (trans. Bushakevitz): Wiegenlied; Gluck (trans. Sgambati): Mélodie from Orféo ed Euridice; Liszt: Soirées de VienneNo.8, d’après Franz Schubert.

Performing Arts Bulawayo chairman Michael Bullivant is delighted to host the talented pianist.

“This is a most exciting visit and we look forward to recitals that contain a pleasing and entertaining series of works,” he said.

Born in Jerusalem and raised in George in South Africa, Bushakevitz performs internationally as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as an accompanist of singers across Europe and the United States of America.

Bushakevitz is a laureate of the International Schubert Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition, the International Art Song Competition in Stuttgart, the Concours Léopold Bellan in Paris and the Berlin International Song Competition “Das Lied”.

His honours include being awarded the pianist prize and the Schubert prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London. He is also active as a musicologist, focusing his research on the life and works of Franz Schubert and Richard Wagner.         

After the recitals, Bushakevitz will visit the Eastern Highlands and Victoria Falls in tours that have been arranged by his hosts.


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