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Following appearances at venues and festivals in several parts of Europe this year, Justin Krawitz will present a program of contemporary piano music.
Following appearances at venues and festivals in several parts of Europe this year, acclaimed South African pianist Justin Krawitz will present a program of contemporary piano music at Hiddingh Hall, as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Music in the City series.
With his work as a 2011 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow as a base, this concert presents a fascinating program of piano works, featuring both local and international composers, and drawing significantly on Krawitz’s experience working with living composers.
Krawitz performs two works by South African composers, opening with Arnold Van Wyk’s Tristia – a seldom-heard gem of South African piano music; followed by Hendrik Hofmeyr’s new Piano Sonata, written for Krawtiz on commission by the South African Music Rights Organisation. Krawitz premiered Hofmeyr’s work earlier this year as part of the public art festival Infecting the City, but this Music in the City concert features the first performance of the work in a formal concert setting. In a sense, these composers represent opposite poles of composition in South Africa: Van Wyk (1916-1983) is widely considered the father of South African classical music, while Hofmeyr (b.1957) is among the younger generation of composers and is active on the contemporary musical scene.
The concert will conclude with a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa’s Piano Sonata No.1. Born in Prague in 1921, Husa boasts an illustrious career which led him first to Paris and then on to the United States where he has lived since 1954. Krawitz worked with him on his Piano Sonata No.1 at his home in North Carolina in 2010, before going on to record the work for Czech Radio. The recording that emerged was enthusiastically endorsed by the composer and has been broadcast Europe-wide under the program Euradio.
Justin Krawitz is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town where he lectures in Piano and Piano Pedagogy. He has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Iowa and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He is known for his highly considered artistic collaborations that lend his performances of new and little-known repertoire a distinct sense of authority.
This concert will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on Wednesday 17 October at 20:00 and is free. No Booking is necessary. For more information on the series, please contact 021 480 7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About GIPCA: The University of Cape Town’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) facilitates new collaborative and interdisciplinary creative research projects in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Fine Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies. Interdisciplinarity is a key theme of the institute and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and dialogue with urbanism and community. GIPCA was launched in December 2008 with a substantial grant from Sir Donald Gordon, founder of Liberty Life. An Advisor y Board comprising Heads of Departments of all Performing and Creative Arts Departments at UCT helps to shape contexts for the instigation and development of projects by students and staff, as well as a wide range of institutions and individuals outside the university. For more information on the 2012 GIPCA programme, visit www.gipca.uct.ac.za, or phone 021 480 7156.
GIPCA Director: Associate Professor Jay Pather
GIPCA Project Manager: Adrienne van Eeden-Wharton
Chair of the GIPCA Board: Professor Paula Ensor
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