Pianist Idil Biret to perform in Cape Town

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Idil Biretwill perform in Cape Town in May 2015
Idil Biret will perform in Cape Town in May 2015

On Tuesday 12 May, audiences in Cape Town will have the opportunity to hear world-renowned classical pianist, Idil Biret, perform live in concert.

Particularly well-known for her comprehensive collection of recordings released on the Naxos label, the world-famous musician will perform a virtuoso programme devoted entirely to the piano music of Frederic Chopin.

The first half of her concert will start with Chopin’s beautiful Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 in E major to be followed by the composer’s monumental Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58. The latter is widely considered to be one of the most technically demanding works in the piano repertoire.

After interval, Biret is bound to dazzle when she will perform the entire set of Chopin’s 12 Etudes, Op. 25. This famous set of piano studies feature prominently as compulsory repertoire at most international piano competitions and include, among others, works affectionately known as The Aeolian Harp, The Horseman, Paganini, The Butterfly, Winter Wind and The Ocean.

Born in Ankara, Idil Biret started to play the piano at the age of three and later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, graduating at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She was a pupil of Alfred Cortot and a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff. At the age of sixteen she embarked on her career as a soloist, appearing with major orchestras in all the principal music centres of the world.

Her more than one hundred recordings since the 1960s include the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar and for Naxos, the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, the three Sonatas of Boulez, the Etudes of Ligeti and the Firebird piano transcription by Stravinsky, with a Marco Polo disc of the piano compositions and transcriptions of her mentor, Wilhelm Kempff.

Idil Biret in Concert is presented by the Hugo Concert Series in association with the Embassy of Turkey in South Africa. It takes place at the impressive Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium situated on Picton Street, Parow and will start at 19h30.

This concert will be her only performance in Cape Town during her much anticipated visit to South Africa.

Tickets at R150, R130 (seniors 65+) and R110 (students/learners) can be booked online at www.webtickets.co.za or by phone on 021 461 3816.

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