André van Daalen (oboe) & Albie van Schalkwyk (piano)

11 August 2011

South African born André van Daalen started studying oboe under Sergei Burdukov in 1996. In 2002 he obtained his B.Mus. degree (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. He won the category prize for wind instruments at the 1997 ATKV Prelude competition. In 2004 he won the category prize as well as the overall first prize at the ATKV Muziq competition. He played as soloist with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stellenbosch University Symphony Orchestra and the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra.

From October 2002 until June 2005 he studied under the former solo oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Hansjörg Schellenberger at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid (Spain). During his studies he performed as a soloist with orchestra in various cities in Spain with conductors Antoni Ros Marbà and Hansjörg Schellenberger. He also gave regular solo and chamber music recitals. In June 2005 he was invited to participate in the Encuentro de Música y Academia in Santander (Spain), where he played under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy and gave several solo and chamber music recitals. Later in the same year he played as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Gueller and gave solo recitals in various cities throughout South Africa.

Since October 2005 he has been studying under Prof. Matthias Bäcker, former principal oboist of the German Opera Berlin, at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar (Germany). In 2006 he won the University of Stellenbosch’s Mabel Quick Overseas Scholarship Competition. He received his Diploma in 2008 and is currently preparing for his Concert Diploma. He has received master classes from Prof. Ingo Goritzki, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Gordon Hunt, Dominik Wollenweber and Karl-Heinz Steffens.

He was a member of the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra from 2007 until 2010 and has also worked with orchestras in most of the major German cities. His wind quintet “Ménage à cinq” won a scholarship at the 2007 German Music Competition in Berlin and subsequently toured Germany with some of the concerts broadcast on national radio. In 2010 he assumed the position of principal cor anglais at the Hessian State Theatre Orchestra in Wiesbaden (Germany).

Albie van Schalkwyk has established himself as performer in a number of fields over the past 30 years. One of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa, he has also performed as soloist with SA orchestras, performed solo recitals, given master classes for singers and accompanists, worked as a music producer for the SABC, arranged music for various combinations from orchestral works for small ensembles to orchestral works for eight pianos.

After completing his B.Mus. degree at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson, he spent five years in London studying with Geoffrey Parsons, Gwenneth Pryor and Martino Tirimo. During this period he won the UNISA Overseas Scholarship as well as first prize in the SABC Music Prize Piano Competition. Upon his return to SA he took up a position as Official Accompanist and Producer at the SABC in Cape Town and became the regular partner of many South African singers and instrumentalists. He has been a member of several well-known SA ensembles, like the Endler Trio and the Potch Trio and a founder member of The Chamber Music Society, and appeared as guest artists with others like the Rosamunde String Quartet and the Sontonga Quartet.

His partnership with Austrian cellist Heidi Litschauer has produced two major tours through South Africa as well as annual visits to Austria where he is invited to play concerts and work as repetiteur at the summer school of the International Neuberg Kulturtage since 1988. He has also performed all over South Africa with visiting overseas artists such as Elly Ameling (soprano), Maarten Koningsberger (baritone), Peter-Lukas Graf (flute), Emma Johnson (clarinet), Christian Altenburger (violin) and Raphael Wallfisch (cello).

He was a regular guest professor in chamber music at the University of Cape Town, taught at the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshops and at the International Chamber Music Workshops in Stellenbosch in 2007.

After 12 years at the University of the Free State, he returned to Cape Town in February 2009 to take up a post as Associate Professor at the College of Music, University of Cape Town. He is the 2009 winner of the Huberte Rupert Prize, awarded by the SA Academy of Arts and Sciences to him for his contribution to ensemble playing and teaching over the past 30 years.

Robert Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 94
Stille Tränen (Op. 35 No. 10), Ihre Stimme (Op. 96 No. 3), Abendlied (Op. 85 No. 12)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Allegro and Adagio (edited posthumously)
Camille Saint-Saëns : Sonata in D major, Op. 166 (1921)
Carlo Yvon: Sonata in F Major for English horn and piano
Gabriel Fauré: Sicilienne, Op. 78 (arranged for oboe and piano)
Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habañera (arranged for oboe and piano)
Amilcare Ponchielli: Capriccio for oboe and piano, Op. 80

R120 (adults)
R80 (pensioners, students and learners)
Tickets available at Computicket (at all Shoprite / Checkers shops, Mimosa Mall / Waterfront information desks) and at the doors.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 - 401 2504)


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