After a moving festival opening on Saturday night, the 10th anniversary edition of Les Amateurs Virtuoses is in full swing. Virtuoses tickets are still available.

Virtuoses tickets are still available

Recitals and master classes with some of the world’s most acclaimed amateur pianists take place this week at the Baxter Concert Hall and SA College of Music with a festival finale on Sunday November 18 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Added into the mix of doctors, dentists and other professionals by day and thrilling pianists (plus on cellist and one violinist) by night are South African professional pianists Jan Hugo, Francois du Toit and Albie van Schalkwyk who are giving master classes as well as two students in performance.

Virtuoses tickets are still available

Tuesday November 13

Baxter Concert Hall 7.30pm

French data scientist Olivier Dupont performs Prokofiev Sonata no 4

Dupont and IT specialist Julien Lombardo perform Milhaud’s Scaramouche

Lombardo and South African student cellist Ethan Lawson perform Brahms Sonata for cello and piano No. 1

Wednesday November 14

Baxter Concert Hall


Masterclass by Albie van Schalkwyk

Festival director Julien Kurtz performs Liszt Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto and more


Civil engineer Geoffrey Gauthier performs Brahms Ballades no 1 (1,2,3), Debussy Images excerpts and Chopin Fantasie

Mikhail Dubov and Russian economist Polina Rendak perform Medtner Russian Round Dance, Shostakovich Concertina for two pianos and Prokofiev/Pletnev Cinderella excerpts

Thursday November 15

Baxter Concert Hall


Masterclass by Philip Fowke, internationally renowned performer and teacher

French IT specialist Thierry Goldwaser performs Brahms Seven Fantasies extracts

Mikhael Dubov performs Rachmaninov/Bach Partita


Henri Delbeau performs Schumann Kreisleriana and Liszt Reminiscences of Don Juan

American soloist and teacher Jay Gottlieb performs George Gershwin songs

Gottlieb and Julien Kurtz perform Rhapsody in Blue (four hands) Gershwin/Levine

Friday November 16

Chisholm Recital Room, SA College of Music


Masterclass and concert by Philip Fowke

Julien Kurtz Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor (1st mvt)

Philip Fowke performs Busoni Kammer-Fantasie on Bizet’s Carmen and Chopin Polonaise Heroique


German psychiatrist Matthias Fischer performs Brahms /Handel Variations

Fischer and French auditor/violinist  Christophe Strassel perform Debussy Sonata for Piano and Violin

Fischer and German computer scientist Johannes Goechter perform Rachmaninov Suite for 2 Pianos

Goechter performs Chopin Impromtu, Scriabin Sonata no 2 and Rachmaninov/Wild Floods of Spring

Saturday November 17

Chisholm Recital Room, SA College of Music


Master class by Jay Gottlieb

South African osteopath Patrick McDonald performs Haydn Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor (1st mvt)

French business director Xavier Aymonod performs Schubert Sonata D 958 (1st mvt)

Gugu ‘Sthebe Langa


Free concert

Muzukids show that they can do with their violins!

Thomas Yu and Francois du Toit perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals

Narrator: Philip de Vos

Sunday November 18

Chisholm Recital Room, SA College of Music  


Masterclass by Jay Gottlieb

UCT Student Kevin Kim performs Chopin Fantasie

UCT student Ian Botha performs Ravel Miroirs

Cape Town City Hall

Final festival concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


Chopin Piano concerto No 1 (1st mvt)

Tchaikovsky Piano concerto No 1 (1st mvt)

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1

Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos

What: Les Amateurs Virtuoses

Where and when: Selected venues, Cape Town until 18 November 2018

Book: Tickets for Guga S’thebe free / Masterclasses available at the door / Les Amateurs Virtuoses at the Baxter: Webtickets / City Hall: Computicket