The Tuesday Afternoon Piano Recital Series
September 20th 2.00 pm
Ben Schoeman (piano)
Schumann: Carnaval Op 9
Chopin: Ballade no 3 Op 47
Chopin: Two impromptus Op 36 and Op 51
Chopin: Polonaise in A flat Op 53
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Ben Schoeman is regarded as one of South Africa's most renowned pianists. He has won major prizes, including the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), first prize and gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music (2011) and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013). In 2016, Mr. Schoeman was awarded the prestigious Huberte Rupert Memorial Prize from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences for his services to music in his native country.
He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa. He made his debut at the Barbican Hall in London, performing Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand as well as Tchaikovsky's Concerto no. 1 with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra. His critically-acclaimed performances of Liszt's Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2 with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra have been broadcast on South African national television on numerous occasions.
Ben Schoeman studied at the University of Pretoria, the International Piano Academy in Imola, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. His teachers include Michel Dalberto, Louis Lortie, Ronan O'Hora, Boris Petrushansky, Joseph Stanford and Eliso Virsaladze. His doctoral studies on the piano music of Stefans Grové at City University London have been supported by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the National Research Foundation, the Wingate Scholarships, the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and the Drake Calleja Trust. Mr. Schoeman's solo album, featuring works of Franz Liszt, has been released by TwoPianists Records/Naxos Global and has received excellent reviews in the American Record Review. He is a Steinway Artist.