performs in concert with 3 brilliant South African child prodigies
Gilah Kellner - (violin)
Willie Naudé - (cello)
Daniël Spies - (flute)
courtesy of Tararam - Israeli Embassy
Mozart Piano Concertos adapted for chamber ensemble by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Sunday 15 September 15:00

Autrefois from Pieces HumoristiquesCecile Chaminade
Andante & Allegro, Opus 11 no. 2Clara Schumann
Piano Concerto no. 25 K503W.A. Mozart
Rondo in E flat Major, Opus 11Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Piano Concerto no. 20 K466W.A. Mozart

Salon Music does it again! It is not often that a world famous concert pianist visits a country and agrees cordially to perform in concert with local prodigies. This opportunity presents itself but once in a lifetime for these three exceptionally talented young SA musicians. Violinist, Gilah Kellner (15), cellist, Willie Naudé (15) and flautist, Daniël Spies (13). These brilliant young musicians performed as soloists with the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra in at the Youth Concerto Festival (2018) at Brooklyn Theatre.

When discussing his visit to South Africa with Brooklyn Theatre Artistic Director, Willem Vogel, Dr. Tsalka suggested playing two chamber arrangements of Mozart Piano Concertos for Flute, Violin & Cello, by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Vogel immediately suggested that these could be accompanied by 3 outstanding young players, if Tsalka should be in agreement. This presented no problem for the world famous pianist and voilá, the deal was signed!

The Hummel arrangements of Mozart’s 20th and 25th Piano Concertos are now famous and are often performed around the globe. Many recordings have also been made of the works in this guise. Hummel’s adapted these well known masterworks with taste and expertise and they make most effective and enjoyable listening material.

The concertos are flanked in the programme by two works from female composers to acknowledge and celebrate Women’s Month 2019. Cecile Chaminade and Clara Schumann are not unkown to the music loving public and it so happens that Clara Schumann (the wife of Robert Schumann, a brilliant 19th century concert pianist and composer) would have celebrated her 200th birthday this year. Clara’s 200th birthday is also celebrated this year, by Mariam Batsashvili with a performance of her one and only Piano Concerto with the GPO.

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Sunday 15 September 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R280   Block B (Adult) - R220
Block A (Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R230   Block B (Senior(60+) / Student(21-))- R180
Block C (Row P, Q, R) - R180  


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


Early keyboard performer and pianist Michael Tsalka has won prizes and awards in Eu-rope, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. He performs with equal virtu-osity repertoire from Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano.

After studies in Israel (Tel-Aviv), Germany and Italy, he graduated in 2008 from Temple University (U.S.A) with a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and an M.M. in Early Keyboard Performance and in Chamber Music, studying with Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Other teachers included Sandra Mangsen, Klaus Schilde, Malcolm Bilson, and Charles Rosen.

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule with over hundred concerts a year. Recent engagements included the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Bei-jing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washing-ton, Jerusalem’s Music Center, Volksbuehne in Berlin, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and live performances for radio and T.V. stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Auckland, Brussels, Shanghai, Munich, Sydney and London.

Tsalka presented hundreds of classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents, and has recorded twenty CDs for NAXOS, Grand Piano, Paladino, Brilliant Classics, Ljud & Bild, IMI, and Wirripang, with repertoire ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to contemporary Australian composers.

His scholarly articles have been published by music journals including De Clavicordio (Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). Together with Dr. Angélica Minero Escobar, he is completing a critical edition of D. G. Türk’s 30 keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions, New Zealand (published 2014, 2019).

Dr. Tsalka has been the artistic director of festivals in Mainland China, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Finland. Currently, he is the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepi-ano Festival, Netherlands. www.michaeltsalka.com


“Dazzling’ playing, bristling with creativity and emotion” (Sydney Arts Guide, Australia), following the Concerto Extravaganza event with ThoroughBass Band, 2016.

“Michael Tsalka’s recital at the Boston Early Music Festival was interpretatively revealing, . . . showing almost incredible virtuosity throughout” (The Berkshire Review, International Journal for the Arts, N.Y. and Boston).On his CD of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Paladino Label)

”This is a brilliant recording by an artist with a passion. Stepping outside the well-worn path of keyboard music, he creates a performance that make you sit up and listen. Tech-nicality and creativity meet in a beautifully balanced performance.” (Music Web Interna-tional. RECORDING OF THE YEAR, Dec. 2013)