Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego to perform with KZN Philharmonic


Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego is the soloist at this week’s KZN Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Symphony Season’s continues on Thursday, February 16 in the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban.

Canadian-born Trinidadian conductor Kwamé Ryan conducts the orchestra whose programme opens with Mikhail Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla followed by the South African premiere of Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s violin concerto. The concert closes with Dvořák’s Symphony No.8 in G major.

The soloist is renowned Italian-American violinist Francesca Dego, who is making her debut with the KZN Philharmonic.

Dego is quickly developing into one of the most sought-after young violinists on the international scene. Signed by Deutsche Grammophon since 2012, she regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is the winner of numerous national and international competitions.

Dego will be performing a violin concerto by a relatively unknown Italian-German composer, Ermanno Wolf Ferrari. A passionately a fan of his work, she has written a compelling article about him for the respected BBC Music Magazine.

His violin concerto was inspired by a young American virtuoso Guila Bustabo (a 27-year-old violinist) with whom Wolf Ferrari fell hopelessly in love at the age of 70!

Speaking about the concerto, Dego said: “One day I would love to see the Wolf-Ferrari violin concerto as part of standard violin repertoire. It’s practically never performed and I think it is a beautiful piece that deserves to be heard.

“Wolf-Ferrari developed a strong attachment to Guila Bustabo (who was coincidentally the same age as me when she gave the world premiere). This probably explains the predominant tone of rather intense, lyrical yearning. It’s like being immersed in an Italian opera written for the violin!


Kwamé Ryan conducts the KZN Phiharmonic Orchestra.

The KZN Philharmonic’s associate guest conductor, Daniel Boico, will conduct the following two concerts.

On Thursday, February 21 multi award-winning young pianist Daniel Ciobanu from Rumania – winner of the 2015 UNISA international piano competition and the 2014 Scottish international piano competition in Glasgow – will perform with the orchestra. Ciobanu has been described as “impetuous” – with a love of the classical repertoire.

Booking is through

Morning tea and symphony: Catch the final rehearsal on the morning of the scheduled concerts every Thursday during season at 10am for a nominal charge. Contact KZN Philharomic offices for bookings and for more info: / 031 369 9438.

To better appreciate the music ahead of the concert: pre-concert lectures take place in the Alhambra Room at the Playhouse from 6 until 6.40pm prior to the concert every Thursday.




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