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Symphony Concert
Symphony Concert
06.03.2013 - 06.03.2013 19.30 - 21.30
Odeion - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Conductor: Alexander Fokkens

Soloist: Samson Diamond (violin)


HANDEL Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 12

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major

VAN DIJK Her Absence Filled His World for string orchestra

HAYDN Symphony No. 45 ("Farewell")

Bookings: Computicket

The Soloist

Samson3 Samson Diamond

Samson Diamond was recently appointed as leader of the Odeion String Quartet and concertmaster of the FSSO. He was principal second violin of the JPO and he is founder member of the jazz-classical band Quattro Fusion, and former leader of the Diamond Quartet.

He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, where he obtained both Bachelor of Music Honours Degree First Class (2006) and his Master of Music Performance (2007) degree with distinction.

Samson got his first taste of music in Soweto where he studied with founder director of Buskaid, Rosemary Nalden and further on with Richard Ireland, Pauline Nobes and Philippe Graffin. He matriculated with distinction in music from the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg in 2001. Samson won many prizes including the prestigious 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, the Charles Hallé Award; the RNCM Eric Nicholson Bow Prize; the RNCM Major Entrance Award, Edward Heaton Scholarshp; and the RNCM Philip Newman Violin Prize.

As a freelance orchestral player in the UK, Samson played in the Hallé Orchestra, the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, and the Academy of Ancient Music. He has been heard in concert in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie in Berlin, Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, and the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. He has gained experience under distinguished conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Yan Pascal Tortellier, and Stanislav Skrowacevski. 

The Conductor

Alex Fokkens

Alexander Fokkens Artistic Director of the Free State Symphony Orchestra will be conducting.

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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.