Chamber music treats at Summerwood Primary School

Trio Elegiaque, from left, Peter Martens, Sergey Malov and Bryan Wallick
The Trio Elegiaque, from left, Peter Martens, Sergey Malov and Bryan Wallick

The Port Elizabeth Music Society presents its “chamber music highlight of the year” on Wednesday, September 21 at 7.30pm.

The Trio Elegiaque will play at the Summerwood Primary School Hall.

Trio Elegiaque are Sergey Malov (violin), Peter Martens (cello) and Bryan Wallick (piano), who will play for the PE Music Society.

After receiving degrees from both the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Sergey Malov went on to win major competitions on two instruments.

They are the violin (Heifetz 2008, Mozart 2010, Michael Hill 2011) and the viola (Tokyo 2010).
His interest in historically-informed performance practices led him to study the Baroque violin and, more recently, the violoncello da spalla. Today he successfully combines all these instruments in recitals, concerts, and recordings.

Malov speaks six languages fluently: his mother tongues Russian and Hungarian, as well as English, German, French and Spanish.

Martens holds a Masters Degree from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from Stellenbosch University, where he studied in his formative years with Dalena Roux.

He went on to study with Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

In 1993 Peter returned to South Africa and occupied principal positions in the New Arts Philharmonic Pretoria and Cape Philharmonic before moving to Stellenbosch University, where he is director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

He is a member of the Amici String Quartet, enjoys chamber music with amongst others, Leon Bosch (double bass), David Juritz (violin), Benjamin Schmid (violin) and Leslie Howard (piano).
He has performed with the Brodsky String Quartet in London.

He is married to violinist, Suzanne Martens, and has two children.

Dr Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation.
Gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and made his Wigmore Hall recital debut in London in 2003.

He has also performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta and at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church with the London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra.

Wallick studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City where he was the first Juilliard School graduate to receive both an undergraduate honours diploma (2000) and an accelerated Master’s degree (2001).

He continued his studies with Christopher Elton in London at the Royal Academy of Music where he was the recipient of the Associated Board International Scholarship.

He also received a post-graduate diploma with Distinction, and previously studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

George Plimpton’s feature article on Wallick appears in the March 2002 edition of Contents magazine.
For their concert in PE, they chose to play three of the biggest and most sublime piano trios in the repertoire namely:
RACHMANINOV Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor,
SHOSTAKOVICH Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
TCHAIKOVSKY Trio in a minor, Op. 50

The ticket prices are:
Adults R85.00
Pensioners R70.00
Students R35.00
Scholars R30.00
Tickets will be sold at the door.

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