The Brandenburg Trio from Germany will perform for the PE Music Society on Monday 8 May 2017 in the NMMU south campus auditorium. The concert starts at 19h30.
Founded in 2014, the Brandenburg String Trio is comprised of South African violinist Avigail Bushakevitz, German violist Ernst-Martin Schmidt and Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios. Avigail and Ernst-Martin live in Berlin and Andrea in New York City. The trio members have performed in the world’s greatest halls, such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Philharmonie in Berlin. As musicians they are equally at home as orchestral players, soloists and chamber musicians.
Violinist Avigail was born in Israel and grew up in George, South Africa, studying with Prof. Jack de Wet in Cape Town. No stranger to South African audiences, she has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras in the country, has won multiple national and international competitions including first prizes at the UNISA National Strings Competition and the UNO Competition in Jerusalem. In 2016 Avigail was named South African Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year. Together with her brother Ammiel she has toured South Africa, and performed in New York as well as various European countries.
Violist Ernst-Martin was born in East Berlin where he first studied violin at the “C.P.E.Bach” specialist music school. By the age of 16 he changed to the instrument where his heart lay, the viola. During the final two years of studies he commenced two years’ playing in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as a fellow of the orchestra’s Karajan Academy. Thereafter, in 2005, he joined the violas of Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
Cellist Andrea studied at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore with Amit Peled and at the University of Southern California under Ralph Kirschbaum. After completing her Masters, Andrea then went on to work with Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall in New York. She is also a composer with compositions premiered at illustrious venues such as Carnegie Hall. The New York Times praised her cello playing as having “traversed the palette of emotions” with “gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity.
For their concert in PE they chose to play the following works:
- Purcell – Fantasia in D Minor
- Beethoven – String Trio in G Major Op 9 No 1
- Klein – String Trio (1944)
- Mozart – Divertimento in E-flat Major, K563
If you are a lover of chamber music this is a concert that you cannot miss.
Entrance Fee: R85 for adults, R70 for pensioners and R30 for students/scholars.