Classics on the Hill with Magdalena de Vries and Anneke Lamont
Magdalena de Vries on the grande marimba and Anneke Lamont on the harpsichord and piano, will be performing MarimBaroque. The programme also includes music by JS Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli.
About Magdalena de Vries
Kanna nominee, Magdalena de Vries, is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost multi-percussionists. As an orchestral percussionist, Magdalena has worked with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), attended the 2000 Festival de Musica de Canarias as a member of the former Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, attended the 2014 Gabala International Music Festival (Azerbaijan) as a member of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and currently works as a freelance orchestral, chamber and session percussionist.
As a marimba soloist, she has won an array of national and international prizes and awards, and has performed to great acclaim in London, Tokyo, Cambridge, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. She holds a B Mus (UNISA); performer’s licentiate diplomas (with distinction) from both the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the University of South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma (cum laude) from the Tokyo College of Music. Magdalena continues to strive to expand the marimba repertoire by commissioning South African composers and promoting the classical marimba as a full-blown solo instrument.
About Anneke Lamont
Anneke Lamont (neé Van Heerden) played 12 Preludes and Fugues from the “48” by J. S. Bach when she was twelve years old, as a student of Josias van der Merwe. She holds a B.Mus from UCT under Lamar Crowson and the degrees B Mus (Hons) and M MUS (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, where Joseph Stanford was her teacher. She was an organ student of Stephanus Zondagh for many years, and received tuition also from Barry Smith, Lionel Rogg and J Jansen in Utrecht. She received a PhD in 2006 from the University of the Free State with Albie van Schalkwyk and Stephanus Muller as promotors.
As winner of the UNISA Overseas Scholarship as well as a SAMRO bursary in 1986 she furthered her studies in Germany with Arie Vardi in Hannover. There she gave recitals of the Goldberg Variations by Bach as well as the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven. She has performed with some of South Africa’s top musicians and made a number of compact disk recordings. She has recently been appointed as Head of Piano at the Odeion School for Music at the UFS. Anneke is a member of “Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.”