Nettie Immelman Memorial Concert

with Jeanne-Minette Cilliers (piano)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Legendary piano teacher, Nettie Immelman, passed away in 2011. The Odeion School of Music decided to arrange an annual concert in her memory and Jeanne-Minette Cilliers was the obvious choice of a celebrated pianist to invite to perform in this first concert.
Jeanne-Minette Cilliers received lessons in her native country (South Africa) from amongst others, Nettie Immelman and Japie Human. Among the most versatile musicians of her generation she has been called “a pianistic poet”, garnering rave reviews for her color-rich and imaginative performances.

She made her orchestra debut at the age of 12 in South Africa playing Joaquín Turina's Rapsodia sinfónica. From a young age she won top prizes in national competitions including the coveted UNISA Overseas Music Scholarship and two special prizes at the UNISA International Piano Competition in 2000. International highlights include top prizes at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, the Kalamazoo Young Artists Bach Competition and the Nena Wideman Concerto Competition.

Increasingly in demand as a collaborator, Jeanne-Minette has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, Barbados, and across North America - including festivals and venues such as the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has collaborated with artists such as Frans Helmerson, Janos Starker, Roger Vignoles, Martina Arroyo, Håkan Hagegård, David Daniels, Joyce Castle, Lise Lindstrom, Lester Lynch, actor Zoe Caldwell, and director Peter Sellars.

Currently she is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, while also a music director for the Martina Arroyo Opera Foundation in New York City. Jeanne-Minette has recorded regularly for the SABC, and has featured on various SABC television and radio programmes.

She holds two performance licentiates in chamber music and vocal accompanying (equal to an arts diploma), both cum laude, from UNISA - received at the early age of eighteen. She earned her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees (with distinction) from the University of Michigan. As a student of Menahem Pressler, she earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Jeanne-Minette is based in New York City.

Prokofiev – Sonata, Nr. 4
Debussy - Estampes
Berg – Sonata, Op. 1
Schubert - Drei Klavierstücke, D 946

R120 (adults), R80 (pensioners, students and learners)
R50 (group bookings of 10+)
Tickets available at Computicket.

Admission to the seminar and pre-concert talks are free.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)

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