Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2017
Chamber music Concert
21 Rockridge Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
Stéphane Réty (flute) and Antoine de Grolée (piano)
Programme includes works by Gabriel Fauré, Philippe Gaubert, César Franck, George Bizet and François Borne.
Info & booking: +27 (0)11 447 9264 / rcock[at]iafrica.com / richardcockmusic[at]gmail.com
Now in its 9th edition, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival offers classical music lovers a series of concerts all under this year’s theme "That’s all folk(s)!"
In partnership with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, the French Institute of South Africa is proud to present French musicians Stéphane Réty (flute) and Antoine de Grolée (piano) for a unique Chamber music concert, which includes works by Gabriel Fauré, Philippe Gaubert, César Franck, George Bizet et François Borne.
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Stéphane Réty and Antoine de Grolée will also be performing at the Brooklyn Theatre on Monday 30 January at 7PM. For more information: www.brooklyntheatre.co.za
More about Stéphane Réty
Stéphane Réty began his musical studies in his birthplace of Lorient, France. Further studies took him to the conservatory of Nantes (under the tutelage of Guy Cottin) and finally to the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) where he studied under Michel Debost, winning a unanimous first prize in flute and chamber music in 1989. First prize winner of the Vierzon international competition and prize winner of the Rampal competition, he has also held the position of solo flute in various orchestras including the orchestre de Paris, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, orchestra of the Zürich Tonhalle, Stuttgart Philharmonic. In 1991, he was appointed principal flutist of the Basel Radio Orchestra. Currently he is principal of the Basel Simphony Orchestra, and of the Zürcher Kammer Orchester in Switzerland.
As a soloist, he frequently appears throughout Europe, America and Asia with musicians such as Augustin Dumay, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Wolfgang Holzmair. Amongst other premieres, he gave the first performance of Joachim Rodrigo’s flute concerto in Belgium in 1985 and also the first performance of "Nocturnes2" for flute and string orchestra by Wim Hendericks in Brussels, conducted by Barth Van De Velde in 2001. In May 2005, he gave the world premiere of Lourié’s duo for flute and piano.
He has made several recordings, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No 2, under the baton of Rudolf Barshai, the Brandenburg Concertos with the Seoul Chamber Ensemble for EMI, and a CD devoted to Debussy for flute and harp with Nicolas Tulliez on the French label Skarbo. His latest CD release, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007, is devoted to J.S.Bach with flute concerto BWV 1056, Trio sonate from Musical Offering and Brandenburg 5 on Traverso, for Naxos.
Stéphane Réty has been invited throughout the world to give master classes (Europe, U.S., South Korea and Brazil). In addition, he has been assistant conductor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and has composed film music, such as the score for the documentary A Star Called Ayrton Senna distributed by TF1 Video.
Stéphane Réty is currently a Professor at the "Musikhochschule" in Dresden in Germany.
More about Antoine de Grolée
Antoine de Grolée was born in Picardy in France in 1984. He began the piano at the age of 6, awakened to the power of music by his grandmother. His musical journey began at The National School of Music of Saint-Quentin with the Polish pianist Irene Kutin, from whom he continues to receive counsel to this day.
At the age of 17, he entered the National Conservatory of Music for Higher Studies, of Lyon in the class of Pierre Pontier, assisted by Marie-Paule Aboulker and Svetlana Eganian. In 2005 he obtained the DNESM with a mention of High Honors. Since then he has worked for two years with the pianist Hortense Cartier-Bresson and for three years at the Piano Academy of Imola in Italy, with Boris Petrushansky. He has received the counsel of great pianists such as Zoltan Kocsis, Anne Queffélec, Evgueni Moguilevski, Sergio Perticaroli, Eric Heidsieck, Tuija Hakkila, Billy Eidi, and Christine Marchais-Sieffert. In 2007, he won 5th Prize in the International Piano Competition Long-Thibaud. Before that, he had obtained 1st Prizes in both the FLAME European Young Talents Competition and the Teresa Llacuna Competition.
Since 2009, he has also been awarded a Musical Patronage Grant from the French Group "Banque Populaire" and is part of the program "Declic" of ’Culturesfrance’. He has been invited to play in numerous Festivals: Les Arcs, Chopin at Bagatelle, Piano at Riom, and The Great Years of Bourgogne. He has also given numerous recitals and concerts in halls in Paris (Salle Cortot, Hotel de Soubise), Lyon (Salles Rameau, Molière), Toulouse and Amiens. He has played several times in Morocco (French Institute in Rabat, "Printemps des Alizes" at Essaouira), in Spain (Festival of the ’Foundation of the Prince of Asturias’), in Austria (at the Mozarteum of Salzburg) and in Moldavia (during "The Piano Nights of Chisinau"), as well as in Holland, Italy and Argentina.
He has played as soloist with several orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Moldavia, the Orchestra of the Opera of Warsaw, Poland, and with the National Orchestra of France during the Competition Long-Thibaud. A lover of Chamber Music he has performed with partners such as Hortense Cartier Bresson, David Guerrier, Eric Crambes, Pierre Fouchenneret, and the Joachim String Quartet. Since September 2008, he has accompanied the Violin class of Michael Hentz at the CNSMD in Paris.
More about the JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOZART FESTIVAL
The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level with a keenly intelligent and creative approach to programming and an enterprising portfolio of all-encompassing education and outreach projects for children, students and audiences of all corners of society.
Originally organized in 2006 in commemoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has developed into a highly successful and well-loved annual classical music events, with popular conductor Richard Cock at the helm as Executive Director, together with concert pianist Florian Uhlig as Artistic Director.
The Festival takes place on an annual basis on and around 27 January, Mozart’s anniversary, at a time when the regular subscription series of the South African classical music scene come to a halt for their summer break and audiences will particularly enjoy the more informal character of festival music-making.
Source: French Institute in South Africa