2019 WOMEN’S GALA
Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra
Sat. 3 Aug. 18:00 / Sun. 4 Aug. 15:00
Gina Beukes (conductor)
Laetitia Orlandi (piano)
Yibai Chen (Cello), courtesy of the China Construction Bank
Piano Concerto in A minor op. 7
(012) 460 6033
South African violinist Gina Beukes makes her conducting debut with a colourful programme of orchestral works and two concertos featuring international soloists.
The Clara Schumann Piano Concerto is a most attractive romantic work more than worthy of the SA debut, which will be given in this programme. The inclusion of this concerto is in honour of Women’s Month.
Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, also known as Fingal’s Cave is always a hit for music lovers. This is followed by Haydn’s well known Cello Concerto no. 2 a fiendishly virtuoso work in its own right. The 19 year old Chinese cellist, Yibai Chen, winner of the Enesco Competition and several other competitions, will perform, courtesy of the Chinese embassy. Yibai was a prize winner in the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition (2019)
Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite forms the a dazzling showcase for the GPO’s formidable string section.
This concert is a must for music lovers of all ages.
|Block A (Adult) – R450||Block B (Adult) – R360|
|Block A (Senior) – R400||Block B (Senior)- R310|
|Block C (Row P, Q, R) – R180|
Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Yibai Chen – Cellist
Born in 2001, he started learning cello at the age of five with Meijuan Liu, before attending the music middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory. In 2012, he was invited to perform on an exchange programme at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 and 2015, he qualified for the Morningside Music Bridge, an international music programme run by Mount Royal University in Canada, and attended its summer school. In 2016, he took part in the Cello Akademie Rutesheim, where he attended lessons given by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and played Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim in the final concert. He has also attended masterclasses given by Jens Peter Maintz and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, among others. He is now studying with Danjulo Ishizaka at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In February 2018, he won third prize in the 11th Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.
LAETITIA ORLANDI started her early piano studies with Elsabe Feldtmann. A graduate of the University of Pretoria, she completed her BMus, BMus(Hons) and MMus degrees in Performing Arts cum laude as well as the UNISA Teacher’s and Performer’s Licentiates in Piano, Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment with Prof Ella Fourie as her promoter. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pretorium Trust Bursary, the Du Toit/Van Tonder Music Study Bursary, the Gertrude Buchanan Memorial Prize, the Samro Prize and the Samro/Unisa/Brenda Rhein Scholarship for Accompanists (twice). During her study years, she took Master classes with amongst others, Andrzej Jasinski, Joseph Banowetz and Pascal Rogé and accompanied choirs, instrumentalists and singers.
Mrs. Orlandi has been a permanent member of the staff at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Performing Arts: Vocal Art since 2010. In her role as repititeur, she has accompanied staged productions of numerous operas including The Medium, Amelia al Ballo, La finta Giardiniera, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Zar und Zimmerman, Un Giorno di Regno, La Traviata, Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi, La Navaraise, Carmen, L’occasione fa il ladro, Mose in Egitto, La Cenerentola and Hänsel und Gretel. In 2016, she acted as rehearsal pianist for Cape Town Opera’s production of Salome at Artscape, with world-renowned South African conductor Gérard Korsten as well as international singers such as Richard Paul Fink, Allan Glassman and Allison Oakes.
Laetitia has acted as official accompanist for various national and international events such as the World Opera Workshop South Africa, the 5th and 6th UNISA International Voice Competitions, as well as the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held in Cape Town (2016). She also served as chairperson of the shadow jury for the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition (2015) as well as the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition (2016). Laetitia regularly performs at Brooklyn Theatre and recent highlights include Piano Extravaganzas, Don Giovanni at NIROX Classics, The Carnival of the Animals with the GPO and most recently, concerts with international conductor and mandolinist Alon Sariel at both Brooklyn Theatre and Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch. She has also performed with various artists at the Gauteng International Arts Festival, Aardklop, Wakkerstroom Arts Festival as well as KKNK. Laetitia is currently enrolled for her DMus (Performing Arts) at NWU and resides in Pretoria with her husband and their two boys.
Gina Beukes has performed a large solo repertoire with orchestra including concertos by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms Mendelssohn, Viotti, Viextemps, Kabalevsky, Kachaturian, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Beethoven and Schubert Rondos.
She has performed numerous Violin/Piano Duo recitals both live and recorded. She has performed in many chamber settings. At the Juilliard School she played in a quartet with the cellist Jean-Guihen Queras. In South-Africa she led the top chamber group, the Impromptu Trio. She currently leads the Barbican Quartet with cellist Moray Welsh, Principal of the LSO. She has performed and recorded a large chamber repertoire for Piano Trio, Clarinet Trio, String Quartet and Quintet. Composers include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Faure, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Messiaen, Dvorak, Kodaly, Shostakovich, George Crumb and more. She often performs new works. She performs on both violin and viola.
During the past 18 years, she has held many diverse posts. She has taught at Colleges and Universities. She has judged competitions and given master classes. She was Concert Master of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Member of the Viola Section of the London Symphony Orchestra. She has therefore studied and performed the 1st violin, 2nd violin and viola parts of the orchestral repertoire with an impressive array of international conductors.
She has also been involved in coaching youth orchestras in South Africa, Belgium and England. She has always taught privately and coached various chamber groups.
“There is nothing shy or retiring about this artist” – Elsbeth Jack.
“Here is a musician South-Africa can be proud of” – Carl Fourie
“Gina Beukes is a violinist who means business, every bar of her playing, whether lyrical or tempestuous is full of passion” – John Allison
“She produces an Extraordinary tone” – Rodney Trudgeon
“Miss Beukes’s playing moved me deeply. She is a greatly gifted musician and artist” – Pieter Smit