Megan-Geoffrey Prins Piano Recital

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, presents a solo recital exploring the multi-faceted nature of piano repertoire. 

Prins recently returned to South Africa after spending 5 years living and performing abroad. He has been praised by local and international critics for his “technical precision,” “artistic expressivity,” and “transcendent” interpretation. 

The program will feature a new work, Finding|Being, which Prins commissioned for his performance at the National Arts Festival this year. Arthur Feder uses harmonious sonorities and intricate rhythms to reflect on southern African music styles.

Prins is frequently praised locally and abroad for his magnificent interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov’s piano works. For this program, he will play the timeless Variations on a Theme by Corelli, which was inspired by the ever-popular La Folia theme. 

Next on the program is Carl Vine’s monstrous and riveting Piano Sonata. The Australian composer penned the composition for the Sydney Dance Company in 1991. It reflects the energetic, driven, and challenging nature of modern dance forms.

On a subtler note, Prins will enchant the audience with five preludes by Clade Debussy, including favourites such as Voilles, Les collines d`Anacapri, and La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair). 

The evening will end on a spectacular note with one of Franz Liszt’s most beloved piano works: Mephisto Waltz No. 1. It tells the fiery tale of a devilish fiddler who enchants a wedding party with the intoxicating sounds of his violin. 

July 27, 7:30PM at the Baxter Theater Concert Hall. Tickets available through Webtickets.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, from Riversdale, South Africa, has performed as soloist and collaborative artist in North America, Europe, Africa, and Hong Kong. He has featured in various local and international piano competitions, including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the UNISA National and International Piano Competitions, and the Midwest International Piano Competition. Prins made his concerto debut at the age of 11. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Germany, the USA, Botswana, and South Africa. His recent performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 were praised by German and South African critics for its “technical precision,” “artistic expressivity,” and “transcendent” interpretation. 

Prins studied a Masters in Music and is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize, the Arthur Loesser Memorial Prize, and the Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa under the tutelage of Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes. Local achievements include first prizes at the UNISA 120th Anniversary Competition, the inaugural Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Competition, the 5th UNISA National Piano Competition, the 2016 Muziq Instrumental Competition, and the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.

27 Jul

Starts: 7:30 pm

Classical Music / Concert Hall

Megan-Geoffrey Prins, the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, presents a solo recital exploring the multi-faceted nature of piano repertoire.  Prins recently returned to South Africa after spending 5 years living and performing abroad. He has been praised by local and international critics for his “technical precision,” “artistic expressivity,” and “transcendent” interpretation.  The program […]