Event - Showcase of Fine Pianos and Fine Piano Music - Mark Nixon, Alex Gabriel, Christopher Duigan

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Date: Thursday 24th October

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos - 19 Stibitz Street, Westlake

Tickets: R150

Bookings : webtickets.co.za (if not listed yet please contact IBS Pianos)

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Cape Town audiences will get the opportunity to experience a unique and extraordinary event at Ian Burgess-Simspon Pianos in Westlake, Cape Town when pianists Mark Nixon, Alex Gabriel and Christopher Duigan collaborate in an extraordinary evening of piano music!

The three pianists join forces in one concert to play beautifully crafted moments and thrilling ‘galops', both individually and in ensemble. Graduates of UCT’s College of Music, and students of the legendary Lamar Crowson, they reunite for the first time in 25 years. The social piano-focussed event will see them playing solo piano favourites, music for four hands by WA Mozart, for one hand by Aleksander Scriabin and for an incredible six hands at one piano! This promises moments of much-anticipated hilarity! Their selection includes the ‘Romance' by Rachmaninoff, the celebrated galop 'Qui Vive' by Ganz and music by Gershwin.

Audiences can also expect to observe a selection of fine concert pianos up-close in this intimate setting and make direct comparisons when the performance moves from one superb piano to the next. Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos promotes new instruments manufactured by top international piano makers including Fazioli, Shigeru-Kawai, and Petrof. The performance will focus on pianos prepared for concert performance by Ian Burgess Simpson in one evening; truly a unique opportunity.

Mark Nixon is a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cape Town and UNISA. From 2000 – 2002 he was the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. He has performed in Holland, France, Greece, China, Italy, the UK, the USA and currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the prestigious King’s College School in Wimbledon.

Alex Gabriel obtained an MMus from UCT in 1998, with distinction. His teachers included Laura Searle, Lamar Crowson and Albie van Schalkwyk. Whilst at UCT he won many awards and scholarships, and was class medallist three times. He won second prize in the UNISA SA Music Scholarship Competition as well as the best accompanist award at the SAMRO Deon van der Walt Masterclasses. Alex is in demand as pianist and performs regularly with student as well as professional singers and instrumentalists.