Tuesday 22 February 3.00 pm
Ben Schoeman (piano)
Bach: Partita no 4 in D major BWV 828 (25')
Ouverture / Allemande / Courante / Aria
Sarabande / Menuet / Gigue
Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli Op 42 (20')
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no 12 in C sharp minor S 244/12 (10')
Ben Schoeman is a Steinway Artist and a senior lecturer in piano and musicology at the University of Pretoria. He won the first prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition, the piano prize and gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, the contemporary music prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and the Rupert Prize from the South African Academy for Science and Art. He has performed at the Wigmore, Barbican, LSO St Luke's, Cadogan and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon, Teatro Vittoria in Turin, the Durban and Cape Town City Halls and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He has appeared at many festivals such as City of London, Edinburgh Fringe, Enescu, Grahamstown and Ottawa. In 2016, he obtained a doctorate from City, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Schoeman's solo album, featuring works of Franz Liszt, is available under the TwoPianists label. In collaboration with pianist Tessa Uys, he is currently recording all Beethoven's Symphonies transcribed for piano duet by Xaver Scharwenka for SOMM Recordings the first volume was released in July 2021. The duo received praise in the International Piano, BBC Music and Gramophone Magazines:The mastery of their part-playing (some of which emerges with greater clarity than on many orchestral recordings) and complete conviction matched the depth of texture that Scharwenka's four hands conjure up
I eagerly look forward to hearing the other planned eight symphonies. (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone)
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