Swiss violinist Markus Held to perform in Zim

HARARE - Renowned Swiss violinist Markus Held and French flautist Marie Braun will perform at the inaugural Harare Chamber Music Festival (HCMF) that will run at The Chapel in Avondale between September 1 and 3.

According to HCMF director Colbert Mpofu, the forthcoming tour will be Markus Held’s first to Africa.

“At HCMF they will together perform a diverse programme which comprises the best of their classical repertoire, presenting works by Corelli, Ibert, Quantz, Mozart and others.

“In addition, Markus Held will present a violin concert accompanied by South African pianist Elna van der Merwe, and Marie will collaborate with German cellist Theo Bross,” said Mpofu.

The HCMF director added that Held and Braun form ‘The Flyolin,’ a duo which creates musical magic.

“After collaborating to great effect and rapturous applause in France in a 1000-year-old Romanesque church in Chapaize, Burgundy, the duo has continued to perform together since, on a mutual voyage of musical discovery.

“While Marie Braun constantly seeks new artistic sensations and is open to any expression when it is of quality and off the beaten path, Markus Held co-mingles his vast chamber music experience with music and poetry, light design, sculptures and painting,” said Mpofu.

Apart from Held and Braun, the HCMF will also feature other highly distinguished musicians from Africa and Europe. They include Zimbabwe’s own accomplished and internationally renowned pianist Jeanette Micklem, Mozambican soprano Stella Medonça and alto Sonia Mocumbi, cellist Theo Bross from Germany and violist Jeanne-Louise Moolman from South Africa, both of whom performed recently at the Bulawayo Music Festival; South African pianist Elna van der Merwe; preeminent violinist as well as conductor Andrew Sherwood from the United Kingdom, who grew up in Zimbabwe.

Founding Trustees comprise Mpofu (founder and director), specialist surgeon Solomon Gurumatunhu surgeon and Praxedes Dzangare, an advertising and media practitioner.

Artistic consultants for the event are musicians Rumbidzai Chipendo (Zimbabwe), Jonny Fernandes (Cape Verde) and Erik Dippenaar (Cape Town).

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