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PIANISTS (2) IN CONCERT - CARYN REED & MISHA MELCK
 
Sunday 19 August 15:00
 

Caryn Reed

C. Debussy - ‘La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune’ and ‘Feux d’artifice’ from Preludes Book II
F. Chopin - Ballade no. 1 in G minor

Misha Melck

M. Ravel - ‘Jeux d’eau’
J. Zaidel-Rudolph - 3 Dimensions (A European city awakens; An African city pulsates; An Eastern city meditates)
R. Muczynski - Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations) Op. 48

INTERVAL

C. Saint-Saëns - Variations on a theme of Beethoven, Op. 35
J. Brahms - Sonata in F minor for 2 pianos, Op. 34b, First Movement (Allegro non troppo)
G. Anderson - Carmen Fantasy

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Sunday, 19 August 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R170   Block B (Adult) - R150
Block A (Senior) - R150   Block B (Senior)- R130
Children/Scholars/Students - R120  

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Caryn Reed is currently studying at the University of South Carolina and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joseph Rackers. She is also the assistant director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. She completed her BMus degree at the University of Pretoria in 2016 with distinction and was a pupil of Prof. Joseph Stanford. She has been awarded the UNISA Hennie Joubert Merit Award which is awarded to the highest two results in South Africa for 9 consecutive years and is the only person to have received this award for every UNISA exam from pre-grade 1 to grade 8. She has won the Artstrust National Piano Competition three times. She competed at the age of 10 internationally in the Czech Republic. She has won the U/12, U/18 and the tertiary category at the Grahamstown National Youth Competition. Caryn won the piano category of the Sanlam National Music Competition at the age of 10 and was overall winner at the age of 12. Since the age of 10, she has performed many piano concertos with various symphony orchestras, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Randburg Symphony Orchestra. She was runner-up in the Artscape National Music Competition.

Caryn, at the age of 15, was by far the youngest of 15 pianists, 27 years and younger, to have been selected to participate in the 4TH UNISA National Piano Competition and was also runner up in the Atterbury National Piano Competition. In 2012, she won the U/18 category of the PH Moore Music Competition. At the age of 16, Caryn gave a recital and raised R27 000 for an after school charity. In 2013, she was the winner of the UNISA Grade 8 Scholarship, the Viardo Vladamir prize for best pianist under the age of 20 and she also won the prize for the best rendition of a South African work. In 2014 she received a distinction for her UNISA Performance Assessment and was invited to play in the Unisa 120th Directorate Anniversary Competition where she progressed to the gala concert evening. In 2015 she competed in the 5TH UNISA National Piano Competition. In 2016, she toured to Italy and took part in the Perugia Music Festival and received master classes from internationally renowned pianists including Jerome Lowenthal and John Perry. She was also selected to perform a concerto with the inhouse orchestra during the festival. Caryn also received a SAMRO Music Bursary from 2013 – 2016 which is awarded to two national students per year. She is also a member of the prestigious International Golden Key Society.

Misha Melck started playing piano at the age of seven. Within six months she made her debut as soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 she won the SANLAM National Music Competition in Cape Town. The same year Misha participated in the Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte Competition in the Czech Republic, where she was awarded third prize and the award for the best performance of a Czech composition. In 2003 she received the second prize in the Musicon National Piano Competition in Bloemfontein. She also participated in the Symphonic Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria, in 2005. In 2006 Misha was one of 21 performing artists chosen to attend the PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, representing South Africa in Fort Worth, Dallas.

She also participated in the ABSA National Youth Competition, where she was runner-up in the piano category and received the prize for the best performance of an Impressionistic composition. Misha has performed with various orchestras in South Africa and abroad. Misha won the second prize overall in the UNISA Scholarship Competition in 2007, as well as the Vladimir Viardo Prize, the SAMRO prize for the best performance of a South African composition, and the prize for the best candidate under 18. She also obtained a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Music Performance.

Misha has received master classes from: José Feghali, Joseph Banowetz, Jan Kadlubiski, Andrew Bonatta, Harold Martini, John Owings, Aviram Reichert, Adam Wodnicki, Tamás Ungár, Piotr Paleczny, Yakov Kasman, Sergio Perticaroli, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Mazzola Patrizio, Benjamin Engeli, Andrew Zolinsky, Shao-yin Huang, Sebastian Euler, Ian Jones, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Leon McCawley, John Blakely, Florian Hoelscher, Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Jura Margulis.

In 2009 Misha studied with Pascal Nemirovski at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She also obtained a Teacher's Licentiate Diploma of UNISA and was invited to perform at the 2011 UNISA Licentiate Bursary Competition, where she won the award for the best performance of a South African composition. In 2012 Misha won the UNISA Licentiate Overseas Scholarship Competition which has allowed her to travel to London, Austria, Germany and Switzerland for master classes with acclaimed teachers over a period of three years. She obtained her BMus in Performing Art from the University of Pretoria in 2013. She also competed in the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition in July 2015, where she received the Directorate Music Prize for the most promising semi-finalist.

During the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2016 Misha won a bursary to participate in the International Piano Academy in Freiburg, Germany in July 2017. She was also accepted to take part in the DECODA Institute South Africa with her two trios, where they were mentored by the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, NYC. Misha is currently an MMus student of Prof Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria, where she has also been employed as répétiteur for the past five years. Following a successful audition in February, Misha will continue her studies in Vienna, Austria in September 2018, under Prof. Jura Margulis.