Celebrated pianist Melvyn Tan will open the Johannesburg Musical Society season on Saturday, February 7, at 8pm in the Linder Auditorium, St Andrews Road, Wits Education Campus.
Tan, who was born in Singapore but who has called England his home for many decades, is a well-known figure on the stages of London’s Barbican and Festival Halls, as well as in New York’s Lincoln Center. He is also frequently invited to perform at some of the world’s biggest festivals, such as the Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals. He is a regular concerto soloist with famous orchestras like the London Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony and, in addition, his many recordings on the EMI, Naxos, and Harmonia Mundi labels have spread his fame.
What makes Tan an especially interesting performer is the fact that he is also a specialist on the fortepiano (the predecessor of our modern piano). His playing is, therefore, informed by his knowledge of performance practice in earlier times, and also by what these performances would have sounded like to contemporary ears. Consequently, his playing is illuminated and informed by his insight into historical playing styles, and his playing brings a freshness and immediacy to the music of composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. He is one of the few pianists who has actually performed on Beethoven’s original Broadwood piano!
* Tickets for this concert – which is presented in collaboration with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival – can be booked through www.computicket.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the box office from 7pm on the night of the performance, but take note that there is no credit card facility at the box office. Scholars and students up to the age of 23, with a valid student card, are entitled to a substantial discount.
For more details about this concert or about the Johannesburg Musical Society, call 011 728 5492, or 083 228 2917; or visit www.jms.org.za.
The Linder Auditorium is situated on 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.