TWO Steinway artists – Charl du Plessis and Christopher Duigan – are set to present piano recitals at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival at 11 am and 2.45 pm on September 14 in the Hilton College chapel.
In his programme, Charl du Plessis will play music by Chopin, Piazzolla, Gershwin and his own improvisations. Du Plessis made headlines recently when he became the first pianist to perform on top of Table Mountain.
He has enjoyed an international career working simultaneously as a classical and jazz pianist, and has illuminated the music of Bach to Billy Joel for a new generation of listeners.
Maritzburg’s own Christopher Duigan, meanwhile, will be playing a selection of music by the romantic piano poet Chopin.
The recital highlights the bold, virtuosic and majestic elements of the composer’s music over the more readily expected elegant and atmospheric elements.
In December last year, together with Spanish saxophonist David Salleras, Duigan was a soloist with the Orquestra des Valles at one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.
Their performance was repeated in the Endler hall during Woordfees at Stellenbosch in March, and in July, Duigan played at the Latimer Music Festival in England.
Duigan’s recital is at 2.45 pm on September 14, with Du Plessis performing at 11 am.