Antony Peebles to Perform in Grahamstown

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Thursday, 15th August 2013

Antony Peebles was educated at Westminster School and – with an exhibition in music – at Trinity College Cambridge. After gaining his MusB there he studied piano with Peter Katin, receiving scholarships from various sources. He has also studied with Yvonne Lefebure (on a French Government scholarship) and Jeremy Siepmann.

In 1971 Peebles won the BBC Piano Competition with a unanimous vote from the jury. Vlado Perlemuter, serving on the jury, announced that he had never heard Ravel’s “Gaspard de la nuit” played better. In the following year he won the Debussy Competition in France.

Since then Peebles has maintained a very busy performing career, entailing a remarkable amount of overseas touring: he has now performed in, astonishingly, 131 different countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, recent additions to the list being Rwanda, Armenia and Libya.

At home in the UK he has played as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and the City of London Sinfonia. He broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and plays for music clubs up and down the country.

He has recorded 6 CDs for Meridian Records: a CD of Ravel piano music, a CD of Liszt operatic fantasias, and 4 CDs of songs transcribed for solo piano by Liszt - all 55 of the Schubert songs, all 12 of the Schumann songs and all 9 of the Mendelssohn songs that Liszt transcribed.

The programme for this concert will include Schubert’s Sonata in B flat (D960), Chopin’s Ballade no 1 in G minor, Brahms’s Intermezzo in B flat minor op 117 no 2, and three pieces by Franz Liszt: Transcendental Study no 10 in F minor, Concert Study in D flat (‘Un Sospiro’) and Spanish Rhapsody.

The venue for this concert will be the Beethoven Room at the Rhodes University Music Department. The concert will start at 7:30 pm and tickets – R80 (adults), R60 (pensioners), R40 (tertiary students) – will be available at the door. Schoolgoers and GMS members FREE!

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