The Wits Trio returns to the Atrium

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The Wits Trio: Malcolm Nay (piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (violin) and Maciej Lacny (cello)
The Wits Trio: Malcolm Nay (piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (violin) and Maciej Lacny (cello)

The Wits Trio returns to the Atrium for the fourth concert since its inauguration in 2012. It is a much anticipated event that delivers an unforgettable music experience with talented Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Maciej Lacny (cello), and Malcolm Nay (piano).

The Trio has become well-known throughout South Africa and receives requests to perform at Durban Music Society, Theatre on the Square’s lunch time concerts, as well as at Rhodes University. The two fiery, energetic men on cello and piano respectively form superb bookends to the dulcet tones of the violin…

The Trio is embarking on a tour of the Eastern Cape later in Port Elizabeth, East London and Graaff Reinet. The first half of the concert on 08 August is Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-Flat Major Opus 97, “The Archduke” while the second half is Mendelssohn’s famous Piano Trio in D Minor Opus 49

Zanta Hofmeyr graduated from The Juilliard School of Music where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. After her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weil recital hall), she returned to South Africa in 1985. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, her most recent awards include a nomination as best female artist at the KKNK arts festival as well as a SAMA nomination for her CD Cantilena. Zanta teaches violin in Johannesburg and at the University of Pretoria. She often acts as string coach for youth orchestras and has been on the faculty of the International Chamber music Festival at the University of Stellenbosch.

Maciej Lacny was born in Cracow (Poland) in 1977. He graduated from the F. Chopin High School (1995) and the Cracow Conservatory of Music (2001) in Prof. Z.Lapinski’s cello class. He also obtained a pedagogical diploma from the Cracow conservatory of music.Between1995-1999 Maciej performed in many concerts around Europe with the Cracow Quartet in Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He is married to a South African flautist and living in Johannesburg. Maciej is currently co-principal cello of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and he has played in several recitals with acclaimed pianist, Malcolm Nay.

Malcolm Nay is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber pianists and accompanists in South Africa. After graduating with a BMus from Wits University where he studied with Pauline Nossel and Isabella Stengel, he travelled on scholarships to America, where he studied with Bela Siki. Malcolm was the recipient of numerous prizes at several international piano competitions, including the prize for the most talented South African pianist at the 1st Unisa International Piano Competition and 2nd prize at the Montevideo International Piano Competition. As a soloist, he has appeared with most of South Africa’s major orchestras and is remembered especially for performances, in Gauteng, of the Mozart concertos, which he conducted from the keyboard.

He is also sought after adjudicator at prestigious music competitions throughout the country and he continues to perform extensively at the larger festivals in South Africa. He is currently Associate Professor at WitsMusic, Wits School of Arts (WSOA).

Free parking is available at the Planetarium, the entrance is off Yale Road, Braamfontein

The Wits Trio
Venue: The Atrium, S W Engineering Building, Wits East Campus, Braamfontein
Time: Saturday 08 August @ 19:00
Running time: Sixty minutes, no interval.
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za
Price: R80.00
Discount price: R55.00 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).
Tickets are available at the door. Full price = R85.00; discount price = R60.00 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).

ENQUIRIES: 011 717 1376 / Catherine.pisanti@wits.ac.za

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