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Megan-Geoffrey Prins steps in for popular Petronel Malan at Brooklyn Theatre


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Megan-Geoffrey Prins
Salon Music’s Brooklyn aTheatre
Sunday 21 August: 15h00
Bookings: Brooklyn Theatre / Computicket

Megan-Geoffrey Prins
(21) popular second prize winner of the recent Fourth National Unisa Piano Competition held in Pretoria in July this year, was fortunate enough to be invited by Brooklyn Theatre to step in on short notice for the well-loved and hugely successful pianist, Petronel Malan, who sadly fell ill shortly before she could start her South African concert tour.

The concert is scheduled to take place at Salon Music’s Brooklyn Theatre on Sunday 21 August at 15:00.

Malan, multiple prize winner and the first South African to have received the honour of being a Grammy nominee for her first solo album of a few years ago, Transfigured Bach, (the album itself was twice nominated for the Grammy Award), has Pretoria as her home town, but has lived and worked successfully  in the USA for several years now.

In addition to his second prize and medal at the Unisa Competition, Megan-Geoffrey Prins was awarded two special prizes – one of R4000 for the best performance of a sonata (by Beethoven), from the classical period in the second round sponsored by the Unisa Directorate of Music, as well as R3000 for the best performance of a baroque composition in the first round (a work by Bach), funded by JD Greyling in memory of Marthé-Landi Greyling.

Megan-Geoffrey has chosen to perform the following programme on Brooklyn Theatre’s special Steinway:

  • J.S. Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
  • A. Scriabin – Sonata no. 5 Op 53 (replacing Haydn’s Sonata in E Flat Major, Hob XVI: 52 as originally announced)
  • L. Van Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor Opus 111
  • F. Liszt – Aprés une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata from "Années de pélerinage, deuxiéme année: Italie"

Two of these works, by Bach and Beethoven, won special prizes as mentioned above at the recent Pianio Competition.

Prins is a BMus student at the University of Stellenbosch and hails from Riversdale. Apart from being a hugely gifted young pianist, he is also a talented organist. Before his success at the Unisa Piano Competition, his previous biggest accomplishment was winning the Slurpie-Kanna Award at this year’s KKNK for the best upcoming artist for his performance of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concert no. 2 with the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Corvin Matei. (Ben Schoeman won the Kanna Award). (Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations, op 43 was Prins’ choice for the concerto in the final round in the competition.

Prins also won the Piano Category at the “Nasionale Kunstekaap” competition both in 2007 and 2008.

Along with the first prize winner, Jan Hugo from Imola, Italy (who is on a nation wide concert tour now) and the third prize winner, Olga Rademan from Cape Town, Megan-Geoffrey Prins qualified to participate in the 12th International Unisa Piano Competition to be held in Pretoria in January and February 2012.

Enquiries and bookings for Megan-Geoffrey Prins’ concert: 012 460 6033, www.brooklyntheatre.co.za / Computicket.  

According to a press release by Petronel Malan’s South African agent, Kobus Buys, Petronel has been diagnosed with rheumatic fever days before her departure for South Africa from the USA where she currently resides.

Rheumatic fever is extremely rare in adults, but because Petronel first suffered from the illness as a child, recurrence in adulthood is not unlikely. Although the prognosis is positive, Petronel has been advised by her physician not to travel and to cancel all her concert engagements for the foreseeable future to ensure a speedy and complete recovery.

As soon as Petronel has recovered every effort will be made to reschedule her South African performances.