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Emperor Concerto
Emperor Concerto
02.08.2012 19.30 - 21.30
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Conductor: German Gutierrez

Soloist: Jan Hugo (piano)


Haydn Symphony No. 88 in G maj

Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

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The soloist

Jan Hugo 02 web Jan Hugo

Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1991, Jan started his music tuition at the age of 7 with Claudine van Breda in Pretoria. He distinguished himself in local art-festivals, eisteddfods and passed all examinations for practical piano and theory with distinction.

At the age of 11 he participated in the International Competition for Pianists "Virtuosi per Musica" in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic and at 12 years he won the Musicon Senior Primary Piano Competition in Bloemfontein and the Sanlam Music Competition in Cape Town.

In 2006, 15 years old, he won the category "Soloists 18 years old" in the International Piano Competition "Carlo Soliva" in Casale Monferrato, Italy. Just 13 years old, Jan was invited to further his studies in Italy and became a student of Francesco Cipolletta at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "Vecchi-Tonelli" in Modena, Italy where he passed all his exams cum laude.

During December 2006 he was admitted to a 'Corso di Alto Perfezionamento in Pianoforte' (Master's Diploma in Piano Performance) at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col

Maestro” in Imola, where he currently studies with Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky.

In the academic year 2007/2008 he was accepted for the Diploma Accademico Superiore di 1° Livello, (Bachelor of Music Degree) at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicale “Vecchi-Tonelli”above mentioned, where he studied under the tutorship of Prof. Giuseppe Fausto Modugno and graduated in March 2010, obtaining 110/110 cum laude.

Jan has participated in various master classes with internationally acclaimed professors and pianists such as Michel Dalberto, Robert Levin, Jin Ju, Riccardo Risaliti, David Ascanio, Adam Wodnicki and Joseph Stanford. He has played recitals in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Modena and various other towns in Italy, in important concert-seasons of Italian music associations. He has also performed as soloist with the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape

Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Istituto “Vecchi-Tonelli” in the Teatro Comunale of Modena and he is also active in chamber music.

Winner of the Fourth Unisa National Piano Competition in Pretoria, July 2011.

The Conductor

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German Gutiérrez

Germán Augusto Gutiérrez has served as Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (TCU) as well as Director of TCU’s Latin American Music Center and biennial Latin American Music Festival since 1996.  Since 2000, Maestro Gutiérrez has also served as Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth (YOGFW). 

Maestro Gutiérrez is a frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  The 2008 season includes invitations to conduct the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta de la Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, and the national symphonies of Peru, Costa Rica and Colombia.  In 2007, he returned for an unprecedented eleventh year as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony’s Hispanic Festival.  In 2006, he was invited to conduct the Czech National Symphony in historic Smetana Hall as part of the 110th anniversary of Carl Orff’s birth, where he led the orchestra in a performance of Carmina Burana.  Maestro Gutiérrez has also appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic (New Zealand), Bogotá Philharmonic, Puerto Rico National Symphony, Sinfónica del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), among others.  He also makes regular appearances with orchestras in his native Colombia, including the Medellín Philharmonic, Sinfónica del Valle, and Sinfónica de Barranquilla.  In 2002, Maestro Gutiérrez was invited to the Trentino region of Italy to conduct Rossini’s Barber of Seville for the 30th anniversary of the Pergine Spettacolo Aperto.

Under his baton, the TCU Symphony and the YOGFW have achieved exceptional levels of recognition in Fort Worth and abroad.  Both groups have traveled on numerous international tours, obtaining enthusiastic reviews, including repeat invitations to engagements such as the Iberoamerican Music Festival in Puerto Rico, where the TCU Symphony was the featured orchestra in 2005 and 2007, and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, where the TCU Symphony was selected to perform in 2006.  With the TCU Symphony, Maestro Gutiérrez has also conducted the world premieres of more than twelve contemporary works.  In 2004, Maestro Gutiérrez led the YOGFW on a tour of Europe, including performances in Prague, at the Mozarteum (Salzburg) and at Esterházy Palace (Eisenstadt, Austria). 




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.