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GERBER & LAMONT (article first published : 2004-04-13)

The Friends of Music’s next recital on April 20 will feature cellist Anzél Gerber accompanied on piano by Anneke Lamont.

Their programme includes Sonata for cello and piano in F major by R Strauss, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op.70 and Shostakovich’s Sonata for cello and piano, Op.40 in D Minor

Born in Pretoria, Anzél Gerber won the first prize and gold medal in the Sanlam National Music Competition in 1989. Two years later, she was the overall winner of the ATKV Prelude Competition; took part in the SABC Mozart Youth Ensemble Competition as a member of a trio which won first prize, and was the winner of the string category of the National Youth Music Competition in 1991. She also won the ATKV Forte Competition in 1999.

A scholarship in 1992 from the SASMT allowed her to attend the lnterlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, USA, where she was awarded the Howard Hanson scholarship. She furthered her studies in Oviédo, Spain, from 1993 to 1995 with Prof Alexander Fedortchenko. After he passed away, she studied at the Moscow State Conservatory from 1996 to 1998 with Prof Alexander Kniazev. She has appeared as soloist with the Orquestra de Cámara Arché in Oviédo, Spain, as well as with the major orchestras in South Africa. She performed in recitals in Detroit, London, Cuenca, Llanes, Gijon, Oviédo, Colmar, Vienna and Moscow, as well as in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria.

Anzél passed the Unisa Licentiate for Performers in 2000 with distinction, and won the P J Lemmer Overseas Music Scholarship of the University of South Africa which enabled her to attend masterclasses with Prof Natalia Shakhovskaya in Moscow. During 2002 she was invited to take part in the International String Competition held at Unisa where she was awarded the prize for the best South African cellist.

During 2002 Anzél passed the Unisa Licentiate for Teachers with distinction and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music Diploma for Performers, also with distinction. She is at present furthering her academic music studies at the University of South Africa. She has a private music studio, teaching cello to promising young cellists.

Pianist Anneke Lamont studied at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson and completed the BMus degree in 1983. Under Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria she completed the degree BMus (Hons) and M.Mus cum laude in 1989. Winner of both the Unisa and Samro scholarships for Overseas Study, she enrolled as a student of Arie Vardi in Hannover, Germany. She made several recordings for the North German radio, performed with Markus Tomas (winner of the Second Unisa International Piano Competition) in various four-hand recitals and gave recitals of the Goldberg Variations as well as the Beethoven Diabelli variations.

Since returning to South Africa, Anneke has lectured at the University of Pretoria, was Director of Music at two private schools and is currently based at St. Stithians College in Johannesburg. She performs widely as soloist and chamber musician. In the 2002 Unisa International String Competition she and cellist Rafal Kwiatkowski won the prize for the best rendering of a classical sonata as well as for the prescribed South African composition by Alan Stephenson.

Anneke performs regularly with Christopher Duigan in a piano-duo under the name "Many Hands" and she was recently involved in a project with William Kentridge and the Handstring Puppets, using music by Kevin Volans. She performed at the Grahamstown festival at the New Music Indaba with Hanna van Niekerk, celebrating South African composers Hubert du Plessis and Stefans Grove. She also stood in for Albie van Schalkwyk in the Cape Town concert series last year. She has been invited twice to perform in the Rand Afrikaans University's prestigious Master Pianists series. She is duo partner with Samro award winner Nicolas Nicolaidis, flautist Handri Loots and multi-award winner cellist, Anzel Gerber.

Anneke is currently working towards a doctorate under the guidance of Albie van Schalkwyk. She is married to Arnold and they have three children.

The recital will take place on April 20 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre. A cash bar is available and there is safe parking. Book at Computicket.




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