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Elite pianists to grace the stages of the Mozart Festival

December 7, 2009

The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival takes place in January 2010 and gives audiences the chance to celebrate the genius of Mozart’s music with internationally-acclaimed pianists and other excellent musicians from around South Africa and the world.

Piano soloists Florian Uhlig, Matthias Fletzberger, Malcolm Nay, Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães are joined on stage during the course of the festival by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra and musicians from the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, as well as plenty of excellent vocalists.

Florian Uhlig

Florian Uhlig has been the Artistic Director of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival since 2008. He gave his first piano recital at the age of 12, and studied in London with Peter Feuchtwanger. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he lives when he’s not in Berlin. Uhlig is a sought-after chamber musician and song pianist, and his participation in the festival has always lent something special and unique to the events. 

Matthias Fletzberger

Matthias Fletzberger is a native Viennese who began his career at the age of five as one of the youngest students ever at the Viennese Music University. He completed his studies in Vienna with Hans Graf, and has also studied under Bruno Seidlhofer, Leon Fleisher, Tatjana Nikolajewa, Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer and Jacques Rouvier.   

Malcolm Nay

Malcolm Nay is a local legend as one of the most charismatic South African chamber musicians. Since returning to South Africa after receiving many accolades overseas, he has appeared as a soloist with most major local orchestras, and is also a popular solo recitalist throughout the country. 

Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães

Luis Magalhães and Nina Schumann are a husband-and-wife duo who have performed to great acclaim across USA, Portugal, Germany, Austria, South Africa and Mozambique. Schumann has become one of the leading pianists in South Africa, winning every major South African music competition and scholarship prize, and has more than 140 concerto performances with orchestras in South Africa under her belt. Her husband Luis began playing the piano when he was five, and won several prizes and national and international competition. He has been a concert pianist since the age of nine, and has given numerous recital, concerto and chamber music performances in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.

These piano soloists join many other respected musicians in the diverse programme planned for the Festival in 2010.

Tickets for the Linder Auditorium’s performances are available through Computicket and tickets for Northwards House in Parktown and Holy Trinity Church can be purchased from Caroline on 011 447 9264.

For more information, visit the website, or join the Facebook group for regular updates on happenings and competitions.

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