Charl du Plessis Trio
(12 Oct 2012)

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Charl du Plessis Trio

Charl du Plessis has been hailed by the South African press as a “cult pianist” and an “edu-tainer” with “an x-factor”. He is a versatile performer who brings insight into the vast range of music he plays through his own search for truth and beauty. Du Plessis is the only pianist of his kind performing simultaneously in music ranging from baroque to pop and is renowned for his interpretations of classical and jazz piano repertoire, both in the concert hall and as a recording artist. He has illuminated the music of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Scott Joplin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Billie Joel for a new generation of listeners.

Charl du Plessis performs throughout the world with many different partners. For the past five years he has toured to China for recitals with his jazz trio. European engagements with included performances at major festivals in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

His Piano Man disc topped South African Classic 102.7 charts for more than seventy consecutive weeks, making it one of the most successful cross-platform albums in his native country ever.

For the twelfth year running Charl du Plessis will be participating in more than seventy concerts as collaborative pianist for South African entertainer Nataniël. Charl du Plessis is featured on 5 albums of this top South African performer and his best-seller book with short stories TUESDAY was dedicated to Du Plessis.

Following numerous country-wide recitals with South African violinist Zanta Hofmeyr, Du Plessis released his first studio project with ms Hofmeyr. BEETHOVEN TANGO includes new arrangements of music by Beethoven, Sting, Gershwin and Piazzolla with two new compositions by Du Plessis. All arrangements for this project was done by Charl du Plessis.

Charl du Plessis studied with master piano teacher Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria and was the first student ever to complete a Doctoral performance degree specialising simultaneously in classical and jazz piano.

Charl du Plessis has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and as a doctor of piano performance he lectures in both classical and jazz piano at the University of Pretoria. In July 2012 Dr Du Plessis was selected as a COIL Institute Fellow, as part of a two-year program at the COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities. He will be working in association with Fellows from North Carolina Central University, the State University of New York and the Royal Academy of Music, Denmark. Charl du Plessis has been invited to present master classes in China, Switzerland and Finland in 2012.

Charl du Plessis has been named a Steinway Artist, joining an exquisite circle of renowned artists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Martha Argerich, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and many more. He records exclusively on Steinway pianos and the Steinway piano is his preferred piano for world wide performances.

The Charl du Plessis Trio has just released their second album Shanghai Brunch with crossover arrangements of classical works in jazz, pop and rock styles. This album was the winner of the KykNet Ghoema Award for Best Instrumental album 2012 and was nominated for a SAMA award as Best Classical and Instrumental album 2012.

Highlights from the upcoming season include performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as well the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Engagements with the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and trio performances for the Odeion Fest in Bloemfontein and the Aardklop National Arts Festival are planned for October.

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