Quintessence in Concert at Odeion


Quintessence in Concert offers Bloemfontein music lovers a unique combination of three international artists in collaboration with two exceptional South African artists. The ensemble includes David Bester (violin), Piotr Thieu Quang (clarinet), Dariusz Dinh Thieu Quang (French horn), Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) and Joanna Wicherek (piano).
This once-in-a-lifetime concert will take place at the Odeion on Thursday 25 April 2019, starting 19:30 sharp.

The ensemble will perform an exciting programme of works by Bozza, Fokkens, Mykietyn, Francaix and Fibich.

David teaches violin at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth). As soloist, he has performed with the Stellenbosch Camerata, the KZNPO, GPO and the ECPO. After obtaining his BMus and MMus (both cum laude) in music performance from Stellenbosch University under Suzanne Martens, he furthered his studies in Belgium.

Piotr started his clarinet education at the age of nine in Jerzy Czyran’s class. Since 2016 he has been studying with Prof. Mirosław Pokrzywiński (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw). He is a laureate of many clarinet and chamber competitions such as the 17th Academic Clarinet Competition in Włoszakowice, 8th West Pomeranian Clarinet Festival in Szczecin, International Clarinet Competition in Warsaw, 11th Clarinet Festival in Piotrków Trybunalski.

Dariusz is a Polish French horn player and student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw). He has already performed with the Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa (Warsaw), the Poznań Philharmonic, Rzeszów Philharmonic, Pomeranian and Gdańsk Philharmonic.

Anmari graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (BMusHons), from the Mozarteum, Salzburg (Grosses Diplom), and from the Hochschule für Musik (Cologne) with Maria Kliegel (Konzertexamen). In 2013 Anmari received her PhD from the University of Pretoria.

Joanna studied piano, chamber music, historical keyboard and organ in Warsaw (Frederic Chopin Music University), Freiburg (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and Vienna (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst). Her recordings include a CD with the Early Music on the soundtrack to the film, Violated Letters (2010).

Tickets are available at Computicket or online at http://online.computicket.com/web/. Ticket prices are R150 for adults, R80 for pensioners and UFS staff, R60 for students, learners and block bookings of 10 people or more.

Please note that tickets for pensioners, students, learners and UFS staff can only be purchased at a Computicket outlet (Shoprite Checkers) or at the doors since a valid card or ID has to be presented to qualify for the above mentioned discount.

For enquiries call Ninette Pretorius on 051-401-2504. – Pieter Delport