The Celli Family

Professional German musicians – 12 cellists including 4 SA cellists and a soprano!
17 March 2012

The Celli Family is a group of 12 professional international cellists who are based in southern Germany. Some of them are prizewinners from music competitions, who’s aim it is to realize a musical phenomena. They achieve this goal through a repertoire which encompasses the entire musical history from the Renaissance to the present. The aim of the cello group is to show that music has the possibility and the power to combine all differences between human beings by staying under the greatness of the music itself. Each individual of the group, besides having the responsibility towards the group, must be able to “let go” and to create space for listening. Only in this way can the music become a social language, connecting across all barriers. This demands intensive co-operation, practice and repetition. The 12 cellists meet several times per year under the guidance of Prof Deckert to practice and deepen their work. The series of practice sessions culminates in a number of concerts. They have performed all over Germany and Egypt, including a very successful tour through South Africa during September 2009.

The group was formed a few years ago under the direction of the cellist Prof. Hans Eric Deckert from Denmark. He was born in Hamburg in 1927 and studied with Pablo Casals. He also worked extensively with the famous conductor, Sergiu Celibidache. He completed his extensive musical studies (cello, conducting and music theory) at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen. Prof. Deckert has conducted and performed with various orchestras all over the world and is also the founder and first president of the Danish section of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).

Four well known South African cellists will join the group on their South African tour, namely JP Malan, Peter Martens, Leana Alkema and Aristide du Plessis.

For more information please visit their website .

Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras Nr. 5, with soprano
Piazzolla - Fuga y misterio
Kaiser-Lindemann - Variacões Brasileiras
Deckert - Canzona
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
Nørgård - Dream Melodies
Keen - Starfish
Wagner - Zug zum Münster

R120 (adults)
R80 (pensioners, students and learners)
Tickets available at Computicket.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 – 401 2504)

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