Steinway Hall, London
44, Marylebone Lane – London W1U 2DB
18:00, Thursday 5th March 2015
JS Bach – English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
R Schumann – Humoreske, Op. 20
G Fauré – Nocturne no. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 (1898)
Z Kodály – Dances of Marosszék (1927)
Steinway Artist Ben Schoeman is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost pianists. He has won major prizes, including the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), first prize and gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music (2011), the Ibla Grand Prize in Italy (2012) and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013).
He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa in such prestigious concert halls as the Wigmore, Barbican, Cadogan and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon, the Cape Town City Hall and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He has appeared at the City Of London, Edinburgh, Grahamstown, Ottawa and George Enescu Music Festivals and recently performed concertos by Ravel and Tchaikovsky with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London. His solo album, featuring works of Franz Liszt, has been released under the TwoPianists label.
Ben Schoeman studied with Joseph Stanford, Eliso Virsaladze, Michel Dalberto, Boris Petrushansky and Ronan O’Hora in South Africa, Italy and London. He is currently completing a doctoral thesis on the piano music of South African composer Stefans Grové at City University London/Guildhall School of Music & Drama – www.benschoeman.com