Pianist Petronel Malan
Pianist Petronel Malan performs Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.14, op. 27, no.2 “Moonlight” and selections from her forthcoming album of Brahms transcriptions.
Lauded by reviewers as a creative force in the classical music industry, Petronel Malan’s critical acclaim culminated in three Grammy nominations, including Best Instrumental Solo Album for her debut disc, Transfigured Bach. As an exclusive recording artist for Hänssler Classics, Transfigured Mozart and Transfigured Beethoven followed. Malan maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world. After her European debut in Rome in 1987, further highlights included appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Cortot (Paris), and Mozarteum (Salzburg), as well as the Ravinia and Gilmore International Piano Festivals. She has appeared with orchestras such as the St. Peterburg State (Russia), Martinů (Czech Republic), Bucaramanga (Colombia), Batumi (Republic of Georgia), Sicilian Chamber (Italy), and several others in the U.S. and South Africa, under the batons of Vasily Petrenko, Bernhard Gueller, Dmitry Manilov, Yoshimi Takeda, Omri Hadari, Wolfgang Bothe, James Brooks, Robert Hanson, and Fuzao Kajima. Born in South Africa, Petronel began lessons with her mother at age four, continuing with Adolph Hallis, Joseph Stanford, and Albie van Schalkwyk. She debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age 10 and subsequently won all major national comeptitions before moving to the United States to further her studies. Following a degree at Michigan State University, Petronel competed her graduate degrees at the University of North Texas. Her teachers included Steven de Groote, Ralph Votapek, and Joseph Banowetz. She also received intensive coaching from American legend Earl Wild.
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