The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music presents
Kent Keyboard Series
Location: Ludwig Recital Hall
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 5 p.m.
Adult - $15
Senior/KSU Faculty and Staff - $13
Group Rate - $10 for 10 or more patrons
Non KSU Student - $8
Children and KSU Students who are not eligible for the Fee for Free - $5
Free for full-time Kent campus undergraduate students
The program will include works by Brahms, Corigliano and Debussy among others.
The Westhuizen Duo’s performances have been described as “…music-making that rewards you seventy times seven.” They have been hailed by audiences and critics alike for their “…excellent sensitivity for each other,” combined with playing that is “…charming, lyrical, and brilliant…” (Volksblad, South Africa). They were described as "...splendid additions to Cleveland's music scene" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) after their debut performance in this city.
The duo has appeared in major festivals and venues throughout the USA, and has presented concerts in all the major concert halls of South Africa. South Africans Pierre and Sophié completed their studies at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Here they studied with renowned professor Frank Weinstock, as well as the legendary piano duo Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. They were the first piano-duo to be accepted into the prestigious PianoTexas International Academy and Festival (formerly known as the TCU/Cliburn Institute), where they received masterclasses from Harold Martina, John Owings, Jan Jiraceck and the legendary Janos Starker.
In the summer of 2007 they were the first duo to be featured as Shouse Artists at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan where they shared the stage with artists such as Ann Schein, Jeremy Denk and James Tocco. They have appeared at major festivals in South Africa, including the Volksblad National Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, the UNISA Music Foundation Concert Series, and the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Their performances have been heard on WCLV (Cleveland), ClassicFm (South Africa), Radio Sonder Grense (SA), WGTE (Toledo), WYSU, and WFMT (Chicago). Their interest in new music has led to premiere performances of works written for the duo by young composers, and they enjoy taking part in new music festivals. Their performance at the famous Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on NPR and PBS Television.
The Westhuizen Duo resides in the Cleveland area, where Pierre has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Sophié teaches piano at the Cleveland Music Settlement, Aurora School of Music and privately. They both previously served on the faculty of Heidelberg University as Assistant Professors of Piano and Co-coordinators of the Keyboard Division, and Sophié taught at Youngstown State University. Pierre and Sophié enjoy teaching masterclasses wherever they perform, and regularly serve as guest artists/faculty at the Cleveland
Institute of Music’s Summer Sonata Festival. They were also featured at the Colorado International Piano Festival as guest artists, and Pierre recently served as guest faculty at the Chautauqua Piano Institute.
The duo's latest CD release, on AMP Recordings, features the complete works for two pianos by Francis Poulenc.