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Free Lunchtime Concert - Ben Schoeman




Concert starts at 1.10pm and will last approximately 40 minutes

Series: Free Lunchtime Concert Series

Music at City University London is delighted to announce a series of free lunchtime concerts, this year featuring outstanding young pianists on the Doctor of Musical Arts programme run jointly by City University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and our new DMA programme director, renowned pianist Ian Pace. This series also celebrates our purpose-built new performance space, with a Steinway piano purchased with support from the Alumni Annual Fund supported by hundreds of City alumni over recent years.

Admission is free.

Ben Schoeman

JS Bach  Toccata in C minorMessiaen Preludes (1929)Franck Prelude, Choral et Fugue

Ben Schoeman is one of South Africa’s foremost pianists. In 2008 he won the first grand prize in the UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa – the first South African to win this prize in the history of the competition. He is also the gold medal and first prize winner of the 2009 Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London. Over the past few years he has won all the South African national music competitions for which he was eligible, including the UNISA National Piano Competition as well as the UNISA and SAMRO Overseas Scholarships.

He regularly performs concertos with all the leading South African symphony orchestras, including the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. He also regularly gives solo and chamber music recitals throughout South Africa. His recent nationwide concert tour as pianist of the Moritzburg Festival Trio received rave reviews.
Ben Schoeman’s performing career extends to the international realm and includes recitals across Europe, Canada and the United Kingdom. Forthcoming engagements include a concert tour throughout South Africa (sponsored by Vodacom) as well as performances in Milan, Turin and London’s Wigmore Hall.

After his graduation from the University of Pretoria in 2005, where he studied under the guidance of Joseph Stanford, he continued his studies with Boris Petrushansky at Italy’s renowned international piano institute in Imola, the Accademia Pianistica ‘Incontri col Maestro’. Other teachers include Michel Dalberto and Louis Lortie. In 2008 he received the prestigious Laureate Award from the University of Pretoria for his outstanding achievements as well as his contribution to art music in South Africa. He is currently enrolled for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at City University of London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his teacher is Ronan O’Hora.

“exceptional talents …playing is varied, dramatic and lyrical..Excellent!” BEELD

“Schoeman played to all of his considerable strengths - allying his fantastic technique with his deeply romantic spirit.” PRETORIA NEWS

“One was yet again taken aback by the splendour and strength of Schoeman's dazzling virtuosity” TONIGHT


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12.00am - 12.00amFriday 12th March 2010