MOVIE CLASSICS

Friday, 19 May - 19:30
Moravian Church Greyton
R140

Film directors have been relying on the classical repertoire since the invention of the silver screen to provide the supporting ambience for their movies.  Music producer and pianist Philippus Hugo invited some of his friends and colleagues to take classical music lovers on an instrumental journey through some of the most iconic movie themes of all time. With Philippus Hugo (piano), Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute), Petri Salonen (violin), Eddie McLean (cello), Visser Liebenberg (clarinet) and Maja van Dyk (viola).

BRIDGET RENNIE-SALONEN

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. 

PETRI SALONEN

Petri Salonen, currently the Principal Second Violin of the Cape Town Pops Orchestra, was the Associate Concertmaster of the CAPAB Orchestra and more recently the principal second violin of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a versatile violinist with a vast experience as a leader and principal player.

 Petri graduated from the Tampere Conservatory in Finland, with the Post-Graduate Diploma in Violin, having also studied in Moscow with Professor Valery Klimov. He has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician both in Finland and South Africa, and played in many recordings remarkable for their stylistic diversity. He was the leader of the CAPAB String Quartet, has recorded with the Schwietering String Quartet, was a member of the Michaelis Chamber Players and is a member of the Cavatina Quartet.

Petri lectured Violin at the Tampere Conservatory for many years and regularly taught at youth music camps and chamber music festivals throughout Finland. In South Africa he has been an instructor for the MIAGI youth orchestra. As orchestral leader, he has performed a wide ranging repertoire of opera, ballet and Symphonic works, as well as leading the Australian touring production of Les Miserables, the Phantom of the Opera and many others.  He has participated in orchestral and chamber tours to the USA, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and the Canary Islands.

Since 2003 Petri has been a guest leader and freelance violinist. As such he has led several opera productions, including Hans Huyssen’s Masque, Princess Magogo, Macbeth and Rigoletto, and tours frequently with Aviva Pelham in her production, ‘Santa’s Story’.

Recently he and his wife Bridget performed as soloists in the 2015 Baroque in the Bush. For the last ten years Petri’s love for fine mechanical work and ability as a craftsman has added a new direction. In addition to violin playing, he has become an accomplished and most sought-after flute repair technician. Having worked and trained with some of the finest flute makers and repairers he is one of only two flute technicians inSouth Africa certified to use Straubinger™ pads. Petri is the owner of The Flute Workshop, SA’s leading flute repair, flute sales and accessories centre.

Eddie McLean

Born in Cape Town, Eddie grew up in a family of musicians. He started learning the cello at the age of 7. His first encounter with chamber music was at home, playing with his parents Alan and Marianne, and his sister Helen (currently resident veterinarian at River Valley Clinic in Robertson).

While still at school Eddie appeared as soloist at the 1995 and 1998 Youth Music Festivals. While remaining active in music, Eddie completed a B.Sc Degree majoring in Mathematics at UCT.  On completion of his studies, he was invited to join the Sontonga String Quartet, performing in Australia, the US, Germany, Slovenia and the Netherlands. In the same year he was invited to lead the cello section for a performance of Britten's Death in Venice.

As co-principal cellist of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Eddie has performed extensively at home and abroad. Recent solo performances include Hendrik Hofmeyr's cello sonata at the Baxter Concert Hall, and a recital for the Richard Wagner Society.  

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Visser Liebenberg

 Visser Liebenberg is a versatile clarinet player and part-time clarinet lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, in clarinet performance, at Stellenbosch University Conservatorium.

As a free-lance clarinetist, he actively performs as a soloist, chamber musician and an ad-hoc clarinet player for Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Visser has a predilection for performing newly commissioned clarinet compositions, of all genres, written by South African composers. Visser and Sulayman Human, an established clarinet and piano duo, performed at numerous events and concert venues in the country.

In 2015 Visser premiered the South African Composer, Kristi Boonzaaier’s Concertino for clarinet and orchestra with the University Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra (USSO). He received musical guidance from imminent South African teachers and was invited to be tutored by international clarinetist, Ferdinand Steiner (Austria). Visser has attended the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) yearly since 2007 as clarinet student where he has performed and worked with international and national faculty members.

Maja van Dyk

Maja van Dyk completed her BMus IV degree at the University of the Free State in 2015, specializing in Viola Performance and Orchestral Studies. Maja has won numerous awards from i.a. Overberg, Helderberg and Stellenbosch eisteddfods and she performed regularly at Prizewinning Concerts; in 2011 she received the trophies for Best Violist and Best Bach performance at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod.  She passed all her UNISA exams above 80% and in 2011 won UNISA’s national Grade 8 bursary competition.

Maja has taken part in several chamber music festival courses: Franschhoek (2005, 2006), and Stellenbosch (SICMF) (2006-2011, 2013, 2015).  She has been a member of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra (2009-2014) and the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013).  Maja has also played in ensembles/orchestras such as the Free State Youth Orchestra (FSYO), the Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO), and the Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch City Orchestras. She was invited to tour with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO) on their South African tour during January 2013 (with SANYO).

Her leadership experience includes several years (2009-2015) as Viola principle and -rotating principle in various youth/amateur ensembles and orchestras.  Maja also performed as viola soloist in the concerto festival of the Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) and viola soloist (in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante) in the SANYO Advanced Strings orchestra. 

In 2015 she was a finalist in the ATKV Muziq competition. In September 2015 she toured New York City (USA) as part of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPhil), and she is also a member of The World Orchestra (TWO) and toured with them in February 2013 (RSA), November 2013 (Spain), March 2015 (Lebanon), and August 2016 (Spain).

Since her return to Cape Town in November 2015 she is freelancing for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stellenbosch University Camerata and numerous other ensembles and projects. She is the co-teacher and -music arranger of Handevat Marimbas in Kleinmond, and at the end of 2016 she was also a substitute violin teacher for the CPO Masidlale Project in Cape Town.