Winter symphony season opens with pianist extraordinaire

Winter symphony season opens with pianist extraordinaire

The Winter symphony season of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) gets into gear with the return of the winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, Lukáš Vondráček. He will play the show-stopping ‘Piano Concerto no 3 by Rachmaninov’ on Thursday, June 8, at the Cape Town City Hall at 8pm.

The entire season of four concerts from June 8 to June 29 will be conducted by Bernhard Gueller, making his first appearances in his new role as principal guest conductor. Gueller will conduct the CPO in ‘Le chasseur maudit’ by Franck and Schumann’s sparkling Symphony no 4.

Vondráček, who made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic when he was 15 in 2002, has since become one of the most sought after pianists, in demand not only for his natural musicality, but for his technical ability which brings full houses internationally to their feet each time.

* Bookings can be done by calling Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695; or at Computicket. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk open to concertgoers at 7.15pm; the dress rehearsal at 11 am on the day will also be open at a cost of R50.

For More information, call 021 410 9866.