American cellist for Johannesburg Musical Society

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Ben Capps
Ben Capps

The young American cellist, Ben Capps, will continue the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2015 season on Sunday 6 September, at 17.00.

The concert will be held in the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, St Andrews Road, Parktown.

Ben Capps is a rising young star who enjoys a versatile performing career as soloist, chamber musician and as orchestra principal. Some of the comments that have been used to describe his playing are ‘virtuosic and impassioned’ and ‘young cello phenomenon’. His career has taken him from America’s Alice Tully Hall and The Kennedy Center to the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

A native of New York City, Ben Capps began playing the cello at the age of four and was admitted to the Juilliard Pre-College at age 10. Further studies brought him many awards and scholarships and he has worked with such eminent cellists as Stephen Isserlis, Mischa Maisky, Natalia Gutman and Jonathan Biss. His career now is on an exciting trajectory: he has played recitals in New York, Greece and Spain, as well as in China. He performed all 5 Beethoven Cello Sonatas in Vermont and has, as an avid chamber musician, participated in festivals in Italy, Spain and England. He is often heard on American radio and has premiered many new works for his instrument, which is an English cello built in 1782.

Together with accomplished pianist Pieter Grobler, a graduate of the University of North Texas who has worked in master class with Pascal Rogé, Leonard Hokanson and Andrzej Jasinski, Ben Capps will play Debussy’s Cello Sonata, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, and Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No 2 in D. He will start the programme with Benjamin Britten’s Solo Cellist Suite No 1, written for the great Russian virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket, or bought at the Linder box office from one hour before the start of the performance. (Please note that there is no credit card facility at the box office.) Scholars and Students are entitled to substantial discounts.

For more info: www.jms.org.za

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