Gala Concert

Classics FunctionThe next presentation by Overberg Art Music is a gala concert on Saturday 29 August (7:30 pm.) and

Sunday 30 August (3:30 pm.) in the DR Church Hall in Bredasdorp.

In the light of the mounting excitement for this event, you can get to know more about one of the musicians, the formidable Albie van Schalkwyk, right here:

Albie van Schalkwyk has established himself as performer in a number of fields. One of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa, he has performed as soloist with SA orchestras, performed solo recitals, given master classes for singers and accompanists, worked as a music producer for the SABC, and arranged music for various combinations. He was appointed Associate Professor in Piano and Chamber Music at the College of Music, University of Cape Town, in 2009.

After completing his B.Mus. degree at the University of Cape Town he spent five years in London. 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 became the regular partner of many South African singers and instrumentalists, as well as overseas artists.

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 repertoire at the summer school of the International Neuberg Kulturtage since 1988. He was on the staff of this summer school from 1988-2011, and has taught chamber music at the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshops and at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

His interest in vocal music and the art song in particular has led to the formation in 1994 of The Songmakers’ Guild, a Cape Town society which provides a regular platform to performers in the field of the art song. He spent his 2002/3 sabbatical working as repertoire for the Vocal Department of the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg, Austria.

He has been a regular panel member of several South African competitions, including the Chamber Music Competition in Stellenbosch, the UNISA National Piano Competition, and the SAMRO National Singing Competition. He was 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. He completed his Ph.D. in music at the University of the Free State in May 2012.

Tickets are now available For more info please see the attached poster.

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