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Free State Youth Orchestra
18.09.2011 16.00 - 17.00
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


On 17 and 18 September 2011 the Free State Youth Orchestra will be presenting concerts in Bloemfontein and Kimberley, in collaboration with the Kimberley Academy of Music.

The Kimberley Academy of Music (KAM) was established in 1994 by Kim and Faan Malan. It grew from a meager 50 students in its first year to more than 300 today. A second music academy, the Mayibuye Academy of Music was established by KAM in 2009, on behalf of the Northern Cape Department of Arts and Culture. Tuition in all instruments and music theory are offered to members of these two academies.

The programme will include works by Rossini, Mendelssohn and Grieg. Jan Hugo, winner of the Fourth Unisa national Piano Competition 2011, will be the soloist, doing Mendelssohn’s Piano concerto no. 1.

Jan Hugo was born in Bloemfontein in 1991. From an early age he established himself as a distinguished pianist, participating and winning several Piano Competitions, locally and abroad. He is currently studying at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola under Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky.

Gerben Grooten will be conducting the combined orchestras in these concerts. He was born in the Netherlands and started travelling with orchestras form the age of 14. He obtained his Masters Degree in Classicla Orchestral Percussion and Choir and Orchestra Conducting. He came to South Africa in 2005 to be involved in art education, and is currently the creative director of the Hatfield Art Centre in Pretoria. He has been involved with various universities and the South African National Youth Orchestras both as conductor and teacher. He is currently the principal conductor for the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Pretoria Bach choir.




The Odeion is an intimate theatre on the campus of the University of the Free State with ideal accoustics for chamber music and symphony concerts.