BUSHAKEVITZ DUO with Avigail & Ammiel Bushakevitz

Thursday, 30 October




Avigail was born in Jerusalem.  She studied violin with Sylvia Rosenberg and Lewis Kaplan at the Juilliard School of Music (New York) and with Jack de Wet (South Africa).  She is the winner of the 2009 UNISA National Strings Competition.  In 2012 she won the SAMRO Foundations Overseas Scholarships Competition.  In October 2006 Avigail won five prizes including first prize at the UNISA South African Music Scholarship Competition.  She attended the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado for the third time in 2010, and participated in 2011 in the Heifetz International Music Institute (New Hampshire) and London Master Classes in 2012.  She was concert mistress of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra.  She graduated from Juilliard with a BMus and an MMus degree.  She is continuing her studies as an Artist Diploma student of Hagai Shaham at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv).


Ammiel was born in Jerusalem and studied at Pretoria University, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig, Germany) and at the Conservatoire Nationale Supe´rieur de Musique (Paris, France).  His teachers included Joseph Stanford, Heinrich van der Mescht, Phillip Moll, Fabio Bidini and Jean-Fre´de´ric Neuburger.  In 2013 Ammiel was announced as the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Richard Wagner Prize of the City of Leipzig. He performs worldwide as soloist and chamber musician in centres such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Casablanca, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Milan, New York, Paris, Rome, Tel-Aviv, Vancouver, the Vatican, Vienna and Zurich.  Festival appearances include the Festival d'Automne a` Paris (France), with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, the Hirschberger Musiksommer (Germany), Holland International Music Sessions (Netherlands), the Heidelberger Frühling Festival (Germany), the Pontino di musica festival (Italy) and the Bayreuth Festival.  His awards include the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, European Union Commission Award, International Schubert Institute Award, Heidelberger-Frühling Scholarship, HMT Freundeskreis Scholarship, Ad-Infinitum-Stiftung Prize and the UNISA Overseas Scholarship for Performers, to name but a few.  He has collaborated with and received mentorship from many legendary voices including the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mimi Coertse, Barbara Bonney, Elly Ameling and Teresa Berganza.  Ammiel is a laureate of the XIX International Johannes Brahms Competition, winner of the Schubert prize and the pianist prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and recipient of the Premier prix de l'acade´mie de musique de Lausanne.  In 2013 he released his debut solo CD - an album of the late piano works of Franz Schubert.



Respighi: Berceuse, P. 31

Saint-Saëns: Berceuse, Op. 38

Vieuxtemps: Rêve, Op. 53

Mozart: Sonata for piano and violin in A major, K.526

Ben-Haim: Lento e sotto voce (1951)

Kreisler: Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice, Op. 6

Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, D.774 & Erlkönig, D.328 (verwerk deur Franz Liszt)

Schubert: Rondo in B minor for piano and violin, D.895



The OSM, in collaboration with ClassicSA, presents masterclasses with Avigail and Ammiel on Friday morning, 31 October 2014 (8:00 – 12:00).  For enquiries or is you are interested in taking part, contact Ninette Pretorius (051 401 2504 / pretoriusn@ufs.ac.za)



R130 (adults)

R90 (pensioners)

R70 (UFS staff)

R50 (students and learners)

R50 (group bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket.



Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 – 401 2504)

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