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BEETHOVEN IN THE DRAWING ROOM
 
Sunday 19 April 15:00
 

Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano)
Susan Mouton (cello)
Miro Chakaryan (violin)
Pierre Malherbe (baritone)

The 250th Beethoven Anniversary at Brooklyn Theatre got off to a kickstart in February with the brilliant performances of the complete Cello Sonatas. We are proud to bring you more beloved music by this legendary composer with a typical 18th century drawing room concert, featuring Violin, cello, piano and a baritone. The cream of SA musicians form the line-up for this stylish concert.

Megan-Geoffrey Prins is no newcomer to the Brooklyn Theatre stage, a great highlight was his brilliant performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano concerto with the Rheinland Pfalz Youth Orchestra from Germany under the baton of Albert Horne.

Husband and wife team, Miro Chakaryan (violin) and Susan Mouton (cello) have both carved out formidable classical careers in this country, not only as section leaders for the JPO, but also as soloists and chamber musicians.

Pierre Malherbe, a young practising psychiatrist, is also a baritone with a velvet voice, who specialises in singing in Lieder.

Willem Vogel has selected a programme of Beethoven “Drawing Room Hits “ to tantalise the tastebuds of Beethoven Enthusiasts of all ages. If you know these works, you will love these renditions, if you are not familiar with them, you are in for a treat.

Programme

Sonata no. 23 in F minor opus 57
“Appassionata” - Allegro

An die ferne Geliebte opus 98
Song Cycle

Violin Romance in F opus 50

INTERVAL

Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano
“ The Archduke” Opus 97 in B flat major

Ticketprices:

Sunday 19 April 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R310   Block B (Adult) - R240
Block A (Senior (60+) / Student(21-) - R260   Block B (Senior (60+) / Student(21-) - R180

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Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, from Riversdale, South Africa, has performed as soloist and collaborative artist in North America, Europe, Africa, and Hong Kong. Recently named the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist in Music, Prins has featured in various local and international piano competitions, including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the UNISA National and International Piano Competitions, and the Midwest International Piano Competition. Prins made his concerto debut at the age of 11. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Germany, the USA, Botswana, and South Africa. His recent performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 were praised by German and South African critics for its “technical precision,” “artistic expressivity,” and “transcendent” interpretation.

Prins studied a Masters in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize, the Arthur Loesser Memorial Prize, and the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Local achievements include first prizes at the UNISA 120th Anniversary Competition, the inaugural Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Competition, the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition, the 2016 Muziq Instrumental Competition, and the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.

Miroslav Chakaryan was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and comes from a family of musicians. His father was the principal viola of the Bulgarian Radio Orchestra. Miro started with violin lessons at the age of six, and made his first public appearance at the age of nine, playing concertos by Vivaldi and Bach.

He graduated from the Sofia school of music in 1984, and then entered the National Conservatoire in Sofia, from which he graduated in 1990 with B. Mus. in performance and teaching. During his studies he was the winner of several prizes. Since 1982, he has been performing regularly as a soloist, and has worked with the best Bulgarian orchestras and chamber groups, touring Europe, America and the Far East.

He came to South Africa in 1991 on a 2 year contract as leader of the Bophuthatswana Chamber Orchestra. At the same time he was a violin teacher at the International School of Bophuthatswana. At the end of this contract, he moved to Johannesburg where he became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently he was appointed assistant concertmaster in 1995. During this time he was involved in chamber music, solo performances, and recordings for the SABC, for which he received high recognition.

After the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra, he became one of the founding members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), and has been concertmaster of the JPO since 2001. Here again he has been a soloist on numerous occasions.

In 2019, together with Zanta Hofmeyr, he was awarded a Fiesta award for their Violin Dialogue programme which they have been presenting for the past year or so.

Susan Mouton grew up in Durban, where she began cello lessons at the age of 10. She studied at the University of Pretoria under Professor Gerard van de Geest. Here she was the recipient of the Pretorium Trust bursary on 3 occasions, as well one of the winners of the SA Music Scholarship.

During her studies she often appeared as soloist with the University Orchestra, and in 1981 she was one of the soloists in the CAPAB Music Festival. After she graduated, she joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and was appointed Principal cellist in 1987.

She studied with Marian Lewin while completing her Performer’s Diploma at Wits University, and was one of the winners of the Unisa Overseas Study Bursaries in 1987, which she used to spend 3 months attending master classes in Europe with a number of esteemed cellists, including Arto Noras, William Pleeth, Johannes Goritski and Wolfang Laufer.

Since 2000 she has been Principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral playing, she is active as a chamber musician. In 2001, she was on the jury for the National String Competition, and in 2010, she was honoured to be chosen as the only South African string specialist on the jury for the International String Competition. She is thrilled to have become part of the Wits trio, together with Zanta Hofmeyr and Malcolm Nay, since the beginning of 2018.