George Music Society first concert: Duo Zappa-Mainolfi

The George Music Society proudly presents the internationally acclaimed cello and piano duo Zappa and Mainolfi on Friday 22 February at 19h30 at the Arts Theatre, York Street.

Ticket bookings can be made at www.georgemusicsociety.co.za or can be purchased at the door. Tickets cost R150 for public, R100 for members and R30 for learners.. To join the society come to the concert a bit earlier where friendly members will assist you. It is also possible to join by visiting www.georgemusicsociety.co.za.

More information is available on George Music Society Facebook page.

Formed in 1994 during their studies at the Juilliard School in New York, the Zappa-Mainolfi duo comprised of Mattia Zappa (cello) and Massimiliano Mainolfi (piano), had its debut as part of the Chamber Music Series in Lincoln Centre’s Alice Tully Hall in 1994, following with its Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 2001.

Continuing its training, the Duo has worked with such artists as Harvey Shapiro, Felix Galimir, and Oxana Yablonskaya in New York, Thomas Demenga and Gérard Wyss in Basel, Maria Curcio in London, Ferenc Rados, Andràs Schiff, and Steven Isserlis.

In addition to their collaboration, Mainolfi and Zappa are highly regarded soloists and prize winners of several international competitions. The Duo has released the following notable CD recordings, the complete Sonatas by Martinu (Claves 2008); “Lux Nordica”, works by Grieg & Sibelius (Claves 2011); “A Russian Album”, works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Schnittke (Claves 2015) and more recently, “Silent Woods”, works by Schubert, Dvorak and Franck (Decca 2017).

Their tour recital programme comprises works by J.S. Bach, American composer Samuel Barber, Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder and another all-time great, Ludwig van Beethoven. With regard to the Beethoven, contemporary cellist Steven Isserlis describes it as the first cello sonata in history to give the two instruments equal importance.


RECITAL PROGRAMME

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Gamba Sonata Nr. 3 in G minor (BWV 1029)

Vivace

Adagio

Allegro

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Cello Sonata Op. 6

Allegro ma non troppo

Adagio

Allegro appassionato

Intermission

Daniel Schnyder (1961)

Ad Aeternam 

(In memoriam, cellist Daniel Pezzotti)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Cello & Piano Sonata Op. 69 in A major

Allegro ma non tanto

Scherzo, Allegro molto

Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace 

Programme duration: 72 minutes

First Half: 40 minutes

Second Half: 32 minutes


Duo Zappa-Mainolfi

7th South African Concert Tour

Formed in 1994 during their studies at the Juilliard School in New York, the Zappa-Mainolfi duo had its debut as part of the Chamber Music Series in Lincoln Centre’s Alice Tully Hall in 1994.

Continuing its training, the duo has worked with such artists as Harvey Shapiro, Felix Galimir, and Oxana Yablonskaya in New York, Thomas Demenga and Gérard Wyss in Basel, Maria Curcio in London, Ferenc Rados, Andràs Schiff, and Steven Isserlis at the IMS Seminars in Cornwall in which they regularly take part from 1999. From 2001-2004 they completed their Master’s studies with Pier Narciso Masi at the Accademia “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.

The Zappa-Mainolfi Duo has performed extensively in many European countries such as England, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

They have been touring South Africa several times and performed in 2010 at Carnegie Hall a benefit concert for a musical project in the township Soweto, helping disadvantaged kids in their musical studies. They are patrons of the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra.

Additionally, they have been featured at the Montreux Festival and Davos Festival in Switzerland, the IMS Prussia Cove in Great Britain, the Lascours Festival in France, and the Summit Music Festival in New York. 

The duo has recorded for Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2, Swiss German Radio DRS 2, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Rai 3, Deutschland Radio and for the Italian labels “Ducale” and “Lyra Classica”. In May 2008 the Duo released a CD of the complete Sonatas by Martinu published by the Swiss label “Claves Records” and in 2011, by the same label, works by Grieg and Sibelius. In 2015 “Claves Records” published their third CD

“A Russian Album” comprising three sonatas by Prokofiev, Schnittke, and Shostakovich respectively. Since 2015 they record for the Label DECCA. 

Prize winners of several international competitions such as “Vittorio Gui” Florence (2001), G.B. Viotti-Vercelli (2000), Città di Pinerolo (1999), and Trio di Trieste (2002), the Duo made its Carnegie Recital Hall Debut in 2001 and in 2003 their live broadcast debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.

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