The Westhuizen Duo to Perform October 2

September 22, 2011

The Westhuizen Duo will perform Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus.
The duo, comprised of Sophie Grobler and Pierre van der Westhuizen, has performed in all major concert halls in South Africa as well as major festivals and venues throughout the United States. They were the first piano duo to be accepted into the prestigious PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, and they also were the first duo to be featured as Shouse Artists at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. The duo’s work has been heard on ClassicFm, Radio Sonder Grense, WGTE (Toledo), WYSU and WFMT (Chicago). Their performance at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on NPR and PBS Television. The duo’s latest CD features the complete works for two pianos by Francis Poulenc.
Grobler and van der Westhuizen both earned degrees from College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where they studied under renowned professor Frank Weinstock and legendary piano duo, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Grobler is currently a faculty member at Youngstown State University, and van der Westhuizen serves as executive director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. They both are former assistant professors of piano and co-coordinators of the keyboard division at Heidelberg University and have been guest artists at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Summer Sonata Festival.
The Westhuizen Duo will perform works written for two pianos including the “Suite No. 2” by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the popular “Carnaval of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. Additionally, they will perform a work written for the duo by young American composer, Evan Mack.
The duo also will give a piano masterclass on Monday, October 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. The class if free and open to the public.

Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Vincent Street. For more information, contact the Department of Music at Mount Union at (330) 823-2180.

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