The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival is back with another round of classical orchestral performances and public classes led by local and global musicians from Friday, July 1, to Sunday the 10th, at Stellenbosch University.
Billed as the biggest event of its kind on the continent, the annual calendar highlight is both a chance for classical music lovers to enjoy daily student and faculty concerts by renowned musicians and an opportunity for young talent to gain experience and guidance.
This year’s musical fiesta is set to feature a plethora of celebrated instrumentalists, some of whom are well-known to local audiences and a few who will be participating in the chamber music festival for the first time.
Acts include French-American conductor Daniel Boico, American conductor Kazem Abdullah, violin soloist Daniel Rowland, oboist James Austin-Smith, trombonist Weston Sprott, European flutist Paolo Barros, Canadian horn player Jeff Nelsen and Scandinavian bassist Knut Erik Sundquist.
An intriguing part of this year’s festival includes a series of conversations between some of the soloists in attendance. Eager fans and attendees can sit in on these sessions, which cost R20p/p to attend, with tickets sold at the door.
This year, attendees can attend public master classes that involve some of the finest soloists around sharing their knowledge and skills.
The aim of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival is to nurture talent and create opportunities to further studies, so 200 or so international and local participants aged between 12 and 28 years will be given piano, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion coaching from respected experts. Each year, the festival supports various music development or education programmes with invitations extended to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to attend and be mentored by fellow musicians for the duration of the festival.
* Bookings are via Computicket.
Visit Sicmf.co.za for full programme details.