Concert goers can expect something special next Tuesday (14 May 2019) at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, when Friends of Music presents the recently formed Duo Appassionato, comprising two of the city’s finest musicians, violinist Violeta Osorhean and pianist Andrew Warburton, in a thrilling selection of virtuoso pieces by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.
Ms Osorhean opens the programme with the Chaconne from JS Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin No 2 in D minor. She will then be joined by Warburton in a performance of Schubert’s rarely-heard, bravura Fantasie in C Major D.935. Warburton follows with a rendering of Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles Opus 126, and the programme ends with the Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Romanian born Violeta Osorhean started playing the violin at the age of six. She studied violin at the Romanian Music Academy. After graduating in 1994 she joined the National Romanian Opera Orchestra and toured widely with them. She then moved to the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra where in 2000 she had a tour consisting of 22 concerts in Europe with the famous rock band Deep Purple. In 2005 she relocated to Durban, South Africa to take up a position with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Since September 2017 Violeta Osorhean has been the Concert Master of the Orchestra.
Andrew Warburton is acknowledged as one of the finest solo pianists and accompanists in South Africa. He has performed concertos with all the country's orchestras and has partnered many eminent soloists, from South Africa and abroad, in recital. He served as Musical Director/Repetiteur/Chorus Master for over 100 productions of opera, musicals and ballet presented by the Playhouse Company, Durban and the State Theatre in Pretoria. He is currently Lecturer and the Director of the Opera School and Choral Academy, and head of Western Classical Performance Studies at the UKZN School of Music. He graduated with a PhD in piano performance in April this year.
Tuesday’s event, which starts at 19h30, will be preceded by a Prelude Performers slot. This will feature Sonali Naidoo (violin) and Nilashri Naidoo (Flute). Sonali (13) and Nilashri (11) are sisters with a love for music that began at a young age. Both are pupils at Durban Girls’ College. Nilashri studies violin with Violeta Osorhean and Sonali studies flute with Lisa Thom. They are both piano students of Julie Macilwaine. Both girls are members of their school orchestra, choir And Marimba band. They will play short works by Gossec, Boccherini and Scott Joplin.
Tickets at R100 (members) and R120 (non-members) will be available at the door. Secure parking is provided.