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MARK DROBINSKY (article first published : 2003-04-6)

The great Russian cellist Mark Drobinsky makes a highly welcome return visit to Durban for a recital with pianist Marike Hofmeyr to be presented by Friends of Music on April 15.

The programme will feature JS Bach’s Cello Suite No 1, Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 69, Brahms’ Sonata Opus 78 and Dvorak’s Sonata Opus 94.

Born in Baku, Mark Drobinsky studied with Mstislav Rostropovitch at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and was awarded the first Chamber Prize at the international competition in Munich. He taught at the Gnessine Institute and left the Soviet Union in 1974 to go to Israel before finally settling in Paris.

Drobinsky has been a guest performer at highly prestigious festivals and has been hailed by the critics as one of the masters of the cello. Although supreme in the classical repertoire, he is also passionately interested in discovering new works and is an ardent champion of 20th century and contemporary music, including works by composers such as Sauget, Dutilleus and Schnittke.

He has recorded extensively and several works by contemporary composers have been dedicated to him. He has appeared in Durban on several occasions, both in recital and in collaboration with the KZN Philharmonic.

“A typical Russian Romantic, Drobinsky has a tone that is achingly beautiful, and a grandiose abandon that is not in the least self-conscious. His technical command is apparent, as is the ease with which he manipulates his listeners into hanging on every note” - Nancy Malitz, The Detroit News.

The recital takes place on April 15 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Club in Old Fort Road. Book at Computicket on 083 915 8000.

A year’s subscription to Durban’s Friends of Music costs just R25. Tickets for each concert cost R60 (R50 for Friends of Music members and R15 for students). To subscribe, call 031 201 0025, 083 412 1050 or 083 253 7387, email veradubin@webmail.co.za or write to Friends of Music, PO Box 51063, Musgrave, 4062.

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