Pianist Melvyn Tan opens JMS season

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Celebrated pianist Melvyn Tan will open the JMS season on Saturday 7 February at 8pm in the Linder Auditorium, St Andrews Road, Wits Education Campus.

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan

Celebrated international artist, pianist Melvyn Tan, will open the 2015 season for the Johannesburg Musical Society. Melvyn 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. [GARD]

What makes Melvyn 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!

Melvyn Tan - ©Sheila Rock
Melvyn Tan – ©Sheila Rock

Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes allows him to reveal countless expressive nuances and rarely heard tonal contrasts. His unique style of playing can be heard on Saturday 7 February in the Linder Auditorium, when he takes to the stage at 8 o’clock to open the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2015 season in a programme of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.[GARD]

Tickets for this concert – which is presented in collaboration with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival – can be booked through Computicket. Tickets will also be on sale at the box office from 7pm on the night of the performance, but please 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, please contact Avril on 011 728 5492 or Herman on 083 228 2917 or consult the website www.jms.org.za

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