St. Matthew’s Music Guild presents pianist Petronel Malan in concert on Friday, March 25, at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue. The program will feature music of Mozart, Liszt, Florence Price and Scarlatti.
New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith calls Malan’s playing “formidable…dizzying…magical.”
Lauded as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Malan’s critical acclaim culminated in the nomination of three Grammy® Awards, including “Best Instrumental Solo Album” for her debut disc Transfigured Bach.
Petronel maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world.
Born in South Africa, Malan began lessons with her mother at age four. She debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age ten and subsequently won all major national competitions, before moving to the United States.
She completed her graduate degrees at the University of North Texas and her career was launched following five gold medals at international piano competitions in the United States.
Competitions included the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt “Budapest Concert” and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. She also garnered the grand prize in the Web Concert Hall Competition (2000) and gold medals in the Grace Welsh Piano Competition and the Young Texas Artist Award.
Although residing in the United States, Malan continues to have strong ties to her native South Africa and received the “Rapport/City Press Prestige Award” as one of the “10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa.”
Apart from a love for vintage gowns, Ms. Malan’s stage wardrobe is designed by foremost South African designers. A frequent speaker and promoter of classical music in schools, scholarships in her name are awarded to promising young musicians.
She has performed at the Carnegie Recital Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet & Salle Cortot (Paris), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Liszt Museum (Budapest), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Alte Handelsbörse (Leipzig) and Bass Hall (Fort Worth).
Tickets, season subscriptions and complete information are available at MusicGuildOnline.org. Phone: (310) 573-7422. Masks are required for all audience members. All audience members must show proof of having been fully vaccinated.
To learn more about Malan, visit: petronelmalan.com.