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DROR BIRAN & SERGEI OSTROVSKY (article first published : 2007-05-27)

Friends of Music is to present a recital by top international musicians Dror Biran (piano) and Sergei Ostrovsky (violin) from Israel on May 29.

Sergey Ostrovsky is widely known and admired in South Africa. He is also the charismatic founder and leader of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet and has performed in South Africa on a number of occasions. He is an outstanding solo violinist known both in Europe, America and Israel, where he has lived since leaving his native Russia at the age of 16. Isaac Stern said of him: “He is one of the strongest symbols of the extraordinary musical talent there is in Israel”.

Playing a fine 1716 Grancino violin, he will perform in duo with Dror Biran, one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists. Dror’s previous visits to South Africa when he appeared so impressively in quintet with the Aviv String Quartet and as soloist with orchestras, has gained him many admirers here.

Their programme includes Beethoven’s Spring Sonata; Ravel’s Sonata and Brahms’s Sonata No.1.

The Prelude Performer is Nomveliso Nocuze (soprano) who is studying voice with Colleen Philp at the Opera Studio and Choral Academy, University of KwaZulu-Natal. In March 2007 she sang in a master class with Barbara Hill-Moore of Dallas and was invited to apply to further her studies at the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas. She will sing Kling by R Strauss; Vissi d’arte from Puccini’s Tosca and the Negro Spiritual He’s got the whole world in his hand arranged by Margaret Bonds.

The recital takes place at 19h45 on May 29 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Road. There is safe parking. Booking is at Computicket.




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