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CHOPIN BARCAROLLE, MAZURKA, SONATA, FANTASIA, NOCTURNE
 
Pieter Jacobs Piano Recital
 
Sunday 20 October 15:00
 

Pieter Jacobs has been acclaimed for his performances as soloist and chamber musician in South Africa’s main centres, and has been described as one of the country’s finest pianists.

Program

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60

Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2
Mazurka in D major, Op. 33 No. 2

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale. Presto, non tanto

Interval

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Impromptu in A-flat major, Op. 29
Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 33 No. 4

Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major, Op. 53

Ticket sales:

Sunday 20 October 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R200   Block B (Adult) - R140
Block A Senior (60+) / Student(21-) - R160   Block B Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R120

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Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Pieter Jacobs has been acclaimed for his performances as soloist and chamber musician in South Africa’s main centres, and has been described as one of the country’s finest pianists.

He has given solo recitals Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria, and has performed extensively throughout South Africa in duo recitals with visiting European artists, including Hrachya Avanesyan (violin), Stanko Madic (violin), Alexander Ramm (cello), and Daniel Rowland (violin), mostly in concerts for the country’s leading music societies such as the Johannesburg Musical Society, Cape Town Concert Series, and Durban Friends of Music. Previously, he gave concerts in Boston and Cambridge (USA), and in Belgium with the Aulos Trio. He performed at national arts festivals such as Aardklop in Potchefstroom; on radio stations Classicfm, SAfm, and Vermont Public Radio; and as soloist with various South African symphony orchestras.

After earning music degrees at the University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria, and notable awards and prizes for music in South Africa, he studied on a Fulbright scholarship under Boris Berman at the Yale University School of Music, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. At Yale, where he was awarded the Mary Clapp Howell and Catherine S. Winchell Memorial Scholarships, he performed in master classes of Claude Franck and Peter Frankl, and studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet.

His performances have encompassed a wide variety of works and genres, including critically noted renditions of works as diverse as Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet pieces; and various landmark sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss and Ravel. Performances of contemporary music have included works by eminent South African composers Stefans Grové and Alexander Johnson; and the piano part in George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale, performed on the occasion of the composer’s South African visit.

In addition, Pieter pursues an academic research and teaching career (he also holds a PhD in electronic engineering). His research interests include machine-learning-based algorithms for distinguishing articulation methods of musical instruments based on their sound properties, and the modeling and optimization of antenna structures (he has multiple articles in international peer-reviewed journals to his credit). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Musical Research. At present he is an associate professor at the University of Pretoria.