HISTOIRE DU TANGO
Sunday 27 May 09:30
11 Regent Street, Greyton
R140 - tickets available from Computicket or at Greyton Info office
The Zomari Duo of guitarist James Grace and flautist Bridget Rennie-Salonen present “Histoire du Tango”, a varied recital for flute and guitar, revolving around Astor Piazzolla’s iconic work L’histoire du tango. Also featured on the programme are works by Brazilian composer Celso Machado, and Argentinean Mximo Diego Pujol. BIOGRAPHIES BELOW
SPONSORED BY THE RUPERT FOUNDATION.
KANNA Award winner for Best Male Artist at the 2010 ABSA KKNK, James Grace is one of one South Africa’s leading concert artists. In recent years he has appeared with the Cape Philharmonic, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the Johannesburg Festival, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the Free State Symphony in concerti by Rodrigo, Villa – Lobos, Giuliani and Vivaldi. He was the soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Pieter Daniel at Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concert Series, and recently James joined forces with Jonathan Crossley to give the South African premiere of Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for two guitars with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Alessandro Crudele.
James studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell. Upon graduating he became the first guitarist in the history of the College to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student. After spending two years in Doha, in the Arabian State of Qatar where he taught guitar at an International Music Centre, James returned to South Africa and was appointed Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town.
James has recently released his sixth solo album, Chilled, under his own record label, Stringwise Records. His previous two releases Sevilla – Music of Spain II and Café Latino both topped the Classic Fm Top 20 South African Charts and earned James SAMA nominations for Best Popular Classical Album and Best Instrumental Album respectively. James is in the final stages of setting up the Stringwise Young Artist’s Trust, with the aim of assisting young artists from across the country produce their own albums and offer bursaries for overseas study.
Bridget Rennie-Salonen is active as a solo, chamber and principal orchestral flautist and has appeared as soloist with several South African orchestras. Her studies at UCT and abroad equipped her with multiple qualifications and honours. As the former Solo Principal Flute of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, she was the recipient of the prestigious Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. She collaborates with musicians such as James Grace, Albie van Schalkwyk, Marian Lewin, Gaylen-Rose Sales, Catherine Foxcroft, Magdalene Minnaar, Jose Dias, Erik Dippenaar and Peter Martens, amongst others. As a member of ‘Trio with a Twist’ with Janine Neethling and Lizzie Rennie, she was the recipient of the Fiesta award for Best Classical Production at festivals in 2012, as well as a Silver Ovation award at the National Arts Festival 2014. Bridget is active as a freelance flautist, is the principal flute of the Cape Town Pops Orchestra, guest principal with the Free State Symphony Orchestra and plays the Baroque flute with the Camerata Tinta Barocca. She displays astounding musical versatility in any music genre and her exquisite flute playing has been recorded for numerous soundtracks, such as the shows “Cats” and “Tree Aan”, and the film scores for ‘Material’, ‘Faith Like Potatoes’, ‘Ocean Voyager’, ‘Cosmic Africa’ and ‘City Slickers’. Bridget lectures at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. Many of her students have excelled in national competitions and in their overseas studies, and now teach and perform locally, several occupying positions in South African orchestras. As one of South Africa’s leading exponents of the flute, she is frequently invited to act as adjudicator or external examiner. With a research interest in performing arts health, she is a licensed Andover Educator and is currently pursuing PhD research in the area of tertiary level musicians’ performance health education.