Top oboist Van Daalen to perform at NederburgDistell
Celebrated South African oboist Andre van Daalen will perform at the Nederburg concert on July 31.
Accompanied by Albie van Schalkwyk, Van Daalen will play works by Schumann, Nielsen, Saint-Saëns and Ravel.
“The emphasis in this programme is on pieces that demonstrate the vocal qualities and virtuosity of the oboe,” explained Van Daalen, who made South African musical history when he became the first oboist to win the National ATKV Muzique Competition in 2004.
After graduating at the University of Stellenbosch, he continued his studies in Germany and Spain. After three years as a member of the Stuttgart State-Opera Orchestra, he was appointed principal cor anglais player in the Hessian State Theatre Orchestra in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2010.
His performance at Nederburg is part of a national South African tour. Speaking from Germany, Van Daalen said he was really looking forward to playing in South Africa again.
“Although I don't live there any more it is still where I grew up and I will probably never feel the same connection to Germany as I do to South Africa. It is especially nice to see the country and visit with family and old friends while having the opportunity to play concerts. I hope to do it more often and maybe also concentrate on working with young oboists and woodwind players on a master class basis,” he said.
Van Daalen started out playing recorder as a child, but wanted to learn an orchestra instrument as well. “The logical choice was one of the woodwind instruments because of the similarities to the recorder, and after listening to recordings of the various woodwind instruments in the orchestra I decided upon the oboe.”
“I still love the sound and expressive possibilities of the oboe and it gives me immense satisfaction to be able to express myself musically on such an instrument.”
Following his Nederburg concert and national tour of South Africa, Van Daalen wants to turn his attention to more solo performances and small chamber music combinations. “I have concerts planned in Germany for the next season and a few opportunities to play as a soloist with orchestra,” he said.
Van Daalen’s Nederburg concert takes place in the Manor House recital room at 17h00. Tickets are R150 and include a welcoming drink and delicious light supper snacks served with fine Nederburg wines after the recital. Bookings can be made by e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 021 809 8106 or 021 809 8344.
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