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ANDREW WARBURTON RECITAL (article first published : 2003-07-9)

Well-known pianist Andrew Warburton, one of South Africaís most distinguished keyboard virtuosi, makes a welcome return to Durbanís Friends of Music recital platform this month.

He will perform Mozartís C minor Fantasia K475 and C minor Sonata K457; Schumannís Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor; and Lisztís Sonata in B minor.

Andrew Warburton was born in 1963 in Johannesburg. He studied piano from a very early age, first in Johannesburg, then in Durban at the age of ten with Denise Macpherson. In 1981, he enrolled for a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Natal under Isabella Stengel. This he completed in 1985 with 95% for major subjects. Since then, he has pursued a diverse musical career as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician throughout South Africa. He completed two years of piano lecturing at UND while a student, and has also taught music extensively in schools and privately.

He has performed with all the South African orchestras, encompassing a repertoire of 18 concertos, and has partnered leading soloists from abroad including Mark Drobinsky (cello) and Elizabeth Connell (soprano). A notable addition to his repertoire was the notoriously difficult Samuel Barber Piano Concerto which he played 15 times for ballet performances in Cape Town and Pretoria while working as Musical Director for the State Theatre Ballet until its demise in 2000.

He has performed in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and was invited to give three solo recitals in Germany in 1998. In 2001, he was invited to be an official accompanist for the Unisa International Strings Competition in Pretoria, and was later asked to partner jury member and leading international cellist Leslie Parnas for a series of four recitals throughout South Africa.

In May 2003, he performed Tchaikovskyís Concerto No 2 with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under David Tidboald. Since February 2003 he been resident accompanist and vocal coach for OSCA, the new Opera School and Choral Academy attached to the University of Natal.

Andrew has performed for the Friends of Music on a regular basis. He is also one of the main pre-concert lecturers organised by the Friends of Music for the KZNPO.

The recital takes place at the Jewish Club in Old Fort Road on July 29 at 19h45. A cash bar is available and there is safe parking. Tickets R60 (R50 for FOM members and R15 students) Booking through Computicket or on 083 915 8000.




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