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Christopher Duigan - pianist

Pics (above) of Christopher Duigan Palau de la Musica, Barcelona (December 2018).

Below at the Hilton Arts Festival (2016) by Jonathan Burton.


Christopher Duigan - pianist

Pics (above) of Christopher Duigan Palau de la Musica, Barcelona (December 2018).

Below at the Hilton Arts Festival (2016) by Jonathan Burton.


Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist

Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist


Widely regarded as one of South Africa's most leading concert pianists CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras including the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 concerti. 

In recital he has achieved a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming featuring a broad and eclectic taste in music.

Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist and receives technical support nationally from Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos.

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Recent Highlights

Recent Highlights

CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN and Spanish saxophonist DAVID SALLERAS performed in Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (conducted by James Ross) Saturday 1 December 2018 to great acclaim. They will next perform at the Woordfees in South Africa in March 2019 as soloists with the Stellenbosch University Symphonic Orchestra (conducted by Daniel Boico), once again in Takashi Yoshimtasu’s ‘Cyberbird’ Concerto and in the duo recital programme ‘Indigo’.



Our church was once again full to capacity for Christopher’s Liszt recital, everyone arriving with great expectation of a circus act on the piano, primed by several emails about the vain and super-talented composer.

There is a certain fascination with sitting comfortably in one’s chair while some poor soul sets himself an impossibly difficult task, and then slowly and surely achieves it in front of your eyes. A Liszt recital has to be experienced at least once in one’s lifetime. After all he ”invented” the recital, and had the wherewithal to compose and play the most difficult of all music for the piano.

Christopher began and opened his programme with a Hungarian Rhapsody. These pieces proved so popular, he also played the Rhapsody No 6  as an encore.

I watched Chris play ripple after ripple of impossibly difficult passages so accurately,  with the lightest possible touch.  Spidery fingers skimmed the keys in a blur, daring the notes to not even speak. He has a superb sense of texture management, an assessment of which voice is important at any one time. This went on piece after piece, with huge dramatic moments where the huge piano shook violently, contrasting with whispered devotional passages when nobody dared breathe. Each piece seemed to involve more hands that crossed each other, more leaps from one note to the other. Chris played us the Liszt “Big Four”, tossing off La Campanella in the course of things. The piece has the reputation of being the most technically difficult work for the piano ever written.

Over the course of the afternoon my fascination turned to wonder. It was the appreciation of the outpouring of what Liszt contained within him; the imagination, the impossible virtuosity, the lavishness of the Romantic movement. Here in front of us was an artist actually realising that impossible music, rising to the utmost challenge of his musical ability to provide this for us.

Everyone there felt they had all been witness to an extraordinary achievement. So many people made compliments on their way out, and they will come back for more.
Chris said drily afterwards when I congratulated him: “It took 40 years of practising.”

Matthew Reid 
Director : Playing with Fire Entertainment

Christopher Duigan at Christ Church Constantia - Cape Town

Christopher Duigan at Christ Church Constantia - Cape Town

In December 2018 David Salleras and Christopher Duigan were the featured soloists with the Orquestra des Valles at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona - one of the world's most prestigious concert venues.  See more here.


Major engagements  for 2016 for Christopher  included recitals for Mandela Day in Mexico City in July (presented by the South African Embassy - Watch the video of a snippet with Morgan Symanski (guitar)  here) and was soloist in the Beethoven Concerto No 3 with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in KZN.

A CD 'The Music of Chopin'  Chopin's music  was released in November 2016.  See the CDs  page for more.  The Cd launch in March 2017  in Cape Town received a massive response and followed on all-Chopin performances at Brooklyn Theatre - Pretoria in June,  at the St Andrews Concert Series - Cape Town in August and at the Hilton Festival in September, plus performances in Durban, Hermanus, and Franschhoek in 2016. See below for pics.

MARCH 2017
CHOPIN RECITAL Constantia, Cape Town  

It was an extraordinary sight, watching people ... desperately wanting to get a ticket before the concert started! We were hard pressed to find everybody a seat.

From the first few notes Christopher played, I knew it would be a wonderful concert and that once again he would not disappoint. He started with Chopin’s E flat Nocturne, and played so quietly, sensitively and compellingly no one dared breathe. Then he proceeded to play all those pieces everyone knows so well, the ones they had come to hear: to my mind completely faultlessly, with perfect rippling passages in the high register, singing through the left hand and being so incredibly present throughout the entire recital that there seemed never a dull or boring moment. He was a credit to his teacher, the late Lamar Crowson, who has passed on gifts of imaginative playing and complete technical mastery over this demanding music, and yet Christopher brings his own insights and irreproachable musicality. It was a deeply satisfying concert to everyone there, richly deserving of the standing ovation at the end.

Matthew Reid, concert promoter

A new venue in Johannesburg

David Salleras and Christopher Duigan tour 2018

Spain tour with GIOrquestra Tour & David Salleras - April 2017 - INDIGO in rehearsal (below)

JUNE - JULY 2018

Virtuoso saxophonist, David Salleras, will be touring South Africa with concert pianist, Christopher Duigan, in June and July.

Since his first visit in October 2012, David Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and recorded albums with Christopher Duigan. Salleras, who lives in Barcelona, Spain has attracted international attention through his fluency in a variety of musical styles. His innovative compositions, which incorporate traditional flamenco idioms with contemporary and avant-garde performing techniques, are performed by saxophonists worldwide.

Duigan, meanwhile, is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists has developed a popular following through his innovative Music Revival concerts. For this series, the two musicians will perform works from the traditional saxophone repertoire by Jules Demersseman, JS Bach, Darius Milahaud’s Scaramouche and music from Spanish composer/saxophonist by Pedro Itturalde. Itturalde’s Suite Hellenique traditionally offers pianist and saxophonist plenty of opportunity to explore a wide range of dynamic interplay through a variety of musical styles.

Also on the programme will be Salleras and Duigan’s own creative arrangements of music by Astor Piazzolla, Salleras’ own solo Caprices, and Duigan’s compositions from the albums  Indigo and Midnight Blue.


In April  2017 Christopher was featured in a series of concerts with orchestra, solo and duo performances with David Salleras (saxophone)  around Barcelona, Spain.  This include selections from his own compositions from the CDs 'Indigo' &  'Midnight Blue', performed with orchestra. 



Pics: CHOPIN RECITAL Constantia, Cape Town 5 March 2017

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Christopher Duigan - pianist


Christopher Duigan - pianist

Widely regarded as one of South Africa's leading concert pianists, CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has been recognized as a 'South African piano icon' and 'national musical treasure' (Classic Feel June 2009). He has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 concerti. In recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming of a broad and eclectic taste in music. Recent highlights include more than 20 performances of an all-Chopin programme following a visit to Warsaw, Poland in 2015.

Major performances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 (Cape Philharmonic Orchestra- Cape Town City Hall), Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Linder Auditorium) and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Yoshimatsu's 'Cyberbird' for solo saxophone, piano and percussion (KZN Philharmonic Orchestra  - Durban City Hall). 

Major recital engagements include those at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, Casa Labia in Cape Town,  Steinway Hall in London, in Mexico City and at the National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) and Hilton Arts Festival.  

Christopher Duigan has developed large following in South Africa through the broadcast of his recordings which are frequently aired on ClassicFM (Johannesburg)  and Fine Music Radio (Cape Town). 

In 2010 he became one of only six pianists in South African history to be invited to be a 'Steinway Artist', joining an exclusive company of renowned international musicians.  

Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands he is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. As producer and impresario he is the director of the widely acclaimed MUSIC REVIVAL which he established in 1997. Major projects now include more than 100 concerts annually,  including the Marriott Classic Music Festival  in Franschhoek and a series of performances by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in KZN. 

Christopher Duigan began piano studies with Anette Kerkovius in Pietermaritzburg at the age of seven. He continued his  studies at the University of Natal with Italian concert pianist Isabella Stengel from age 14, graduating with a B.Mus (cum laude).  Christopher furthered his studies at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson and Albie van Schalkwyk, graduating with an M Mus (Performance) in 1994, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester with Brazilian virtuoso Arnaldo Cohen. At the RNCM he was awarded the Professional Performer's Diploma (PPRNCM) and won first prize in the prestigious RNCM Recital Prize for Pianists. In addition he received the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition (1994), Crossly/Kramer Scholarships for International Study from UCT, 1st prize and Gold Medal in the Adolph Hallis Piano Competition (1996), awards for the best South African pianist in the UNISA International Piano Competition (1996), Gold Medal in the Pan-African Concours de Musique,  and the Cape Town Symphony's prestigious Joseph Lan Award for his performance of the Bartok Piano Concerto No 3 (1994). He has participated in master classes at Dartington Summer School with Stephen Kovacevich and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. 

In recent years he has established a highly successful and productive collaboration with Spanish virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras that has resulted in two  albums recordings of his own original music: INDIGO (2015) and MIDNIGHT BLUE (2016).   Numerous national tours of South Africa followed and a tour of six concerts with GIO Orchestra in Spain took place in April 2016 and again March 2017.  These featured Duigan's own music  from the albums conceived for solo saxophone and piano with the orchestra.

In December 2018 Salleras and Duigan will be the featured soloist with the Orquestra des Valles at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, one of the most most prestigious concert venues.

Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist.

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All pics by Val Adamson

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Ritual Fire Dance - Manuel de Falla
Liebestraume - Franz Liszt
Prelude in C - JS Bach
Rustle of Spring - Christian Sinding
Reverie - Claude Debussy
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Edvard Grieg
Minute Waltz- Frederic Chopin
Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondo all’ turca - WA Mozart
Intermezzo - Manuel Ponce
Sonata in C - Domenico Scarlatti
Moment Musical No 3 - Franz Schubert
Prelude in C-sharp minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Revolutionary Etude -  Frederic Chopin
Raindrop Prelude - Frederic Chopin
Flight of the Bumble Bee - Rimksy Korsakov/ Rachmaninoff
Clair de lune - Claude Debussy
La Campanella - Franz Liszt

Brahms - Waltz in A-flat
Badarzewska-Baranowska - The Maiden's Prayer
Dvorak -  Humoresque
Poulenc - Les Chemins d’amour
Sinding - Rustle of Spring
Brahms - Bagatelle in A minor
Beethoven - Für Elise
Hamelin - Valse Irritation d’Apres Nokia
Jessel - Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Einaudi - L'onde
Chopin - Minute Waltz
Rubenstein - Melodie in F
Schumann - Traumerei
Ponce - Estralita
Mendelssohn - Song without Words
Schumann - Romance op 28 no 2
Beethoven -  Minuet in G major
Paderewski - Minuet in G major
Ardnt - Nola
Joplin - The Entertainer
Bratton -  The Teddy Bear's Picnic

TWENTY WONDERFUL (but not so familiar) PIANO SOLOS
Pavane: The Earl of Salisbury - William Byrd
Aria from Goldberg Variations - JS Bach
The Harmonious Blacksmith - GF Handel
Improvisation  No 15 (Hommage a Edith Piaf)- Francis Poulenc
Valse d’or - Heitor Villa Lobos
Automne - Cecile Chaminade
The Easy Winners - Scott Joplin
Menuet al’ Revescio - FJ Haydn
Toccatina - Matyas Sieber
Romance in E - Franz Liszt
Pirates of the Caribbean -  Radnich / Zimmerman
Hungarian Melody - Franz Schubert
Rondo in D - WA Mozart
Porz goret  from Eusa - Yann Tiersen
El ciebo - Carlos Guastavino
Gold over Blue - Ernesto Nazareth
English Country Gardens - Percy Grainger
The Lark - Glinka/Balakirev
Etincelles - Moritz Moskowski
Hungarian Rhapsody No 6 - Franz Liszt


Elite Syncopations  - Scott Joplin  (1902)
Dizzy Fingers - Zez Confrey
Three Preludes (1926) - George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
Song Book - George Gershwin
    Nobody but you
    I'll build a Stairway to Paradise
    Do it again
    Fascinating Rhythm  
    Oh, Lady Be Good
    Somebody Loves Me
    Sweet and Low Down
    That certain feeling
    The Man I love
    Clap yo' hands
    My one and only
   'S Wonderful
    Liza - All the clouds'll roll away
    I Got Rhythm
    Who Cares as Long as You Care for Me?
    Strike up the band

Nola  (1915) - Felix Arndt
Someone to Watch Over Me, My One and Only  - George Gershwin





Chaconne in G - GF Handel
Sonata in C Op 53 'Waldstein' - Ludwig van Beethoven
Five Bagatelles - Carl Vine
Miroirs - Maurice Ravel
Polonaise Op 53 - Frederic Chopin

Sonata Op. 25 Nr. 5 in F-sharp minor - Clementi
Kreisleriana Op. 16 - Schumann
Ramble on Love from Strauss “Der Rosenkavalier“ - Grainger
Piano Sonata Nr. 6 Op. 82 - Prokofiev

GF Handel Chaconne  HWV  435
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonatas K. 491 in D,  K, 525 in G, K 425 in G 
WA Mozart - Fantasia in D minor K. 397 
Ludwig van Beethoven  - Piano Sonata , Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
Franz Schubert - Impromptu No 4 in A-flat major, D. 899
Frederic Chopin  - Etudes Op .10 - selection
Alexander Scriabin - Nocturne for the Left-Hand Op. 9, Etude Op. 42 No. 5
Alberto Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas

THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN  Frederic Chopin (1810 - 49)
Nocturne in E-flat op 9 no 2
Waltz in E-flat op  18
Nocturne in C-sharp minor op 27 no 1
Fantasie-Impromptu op 66
Waltz in A minor op 34 no 2
Ballade No 3 op 47
Nocturne in E-flat op 55 no 2
Ballade No 1 in G minor op 23
Nocturne in F minor op 55 no 1
Etudes op 10 nos 3, 4 and 12
Waltz in B minor op 69
Scherzo no 1 in B minor  op 20

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major Op. 10 No. 2( 1796-98)
Robert Schumann - Noveletten Op. 21 No. 1
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor  Op. 27, No. 2, (1802)       
Johannes Brahms - Klavierstücke - Op. 118 Nos. 1 and 2
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No 30 in E major Op. 109 (1820

Gavotte and Six Doublets - Jean Philipe Rameau
Les Barricades Mystérieuses - François Couperin
Je te veux - Erik Satie
Gymnopédie No 1 - Erik Satie
Nocturne No 4 - Gabriel Fauré 
Les Soupirs de la Harpe Eolienne' - Frèdèric Kalkbrenner
Reflets dans l’eau - Claude Debussy
La plus que lente - Claude Debussy
Gymnopédie No 2 - Erik Satie
Golliwog's Cakewalk from 'Children's Coner' - Claude Debussy
Pavane pour une infante défunte - Maurice Ravel
La fille aux cheveux de lin - Claude Debussy
Gymnopédie No 3 - Erik Satie
Sur le fil - Yann Tiersen
Les chemins de l’amour - Francis Poulenc
La cathédrale engloutie -  Claude Debussy
Clair de lune - Claude Debussy
Alborada del gracioso - Maurice Ravel

Claude Debussy 1862—1918
Arabesque No. 1 (1888)
Rêverie (1890)
Danse (1890)
Images II (1907)
    Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells through the leaves) 
    Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut

         (And the moon descends on the temple that was) 
    Poissons d’or (Gold Fish)

Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the Water)   from Images I (1905)
Golliwogg's Cakewalk  from Children's Corner (1908) 
Le plus que lente (1910)
from Preludes I & II: (1910, 1913)
   Le puerta del vino  (The wine gate) 
   La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) 
   La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken cathedral)

Franz Liszt - The ultimate virtuoso
Hungarian Rhapsody No 12
Liebestraume No 3
Un sospiro
Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor 
La leggeriezza
Consolation No 3
Harmonies du soir
La campanella
Hungarian Rhapsody No 2





Gavotte and 6 Doublets
Partitas Nos. 1, 2 and 4
French Suite No. 6
English Suite No. 6
Chaconne in G HWV 435
Sonata in F-sharp minor
Piano Sonata in F, Hob XVI:23
Piano Sonata in D, Hob. XVI:37
Variations in F minor
Sonata in A minor K. 310
Sonata in D K. 311
Sonata in F K. 332
Sonata in B-flat K. 333
Fantasy and Sonata in C min K.475/457
Variations on "Unser dummer Poebel meint", K. 455
Rondo in D K. 485
Rondo in A minor K.511
Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F
Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 3 in D
Piano Sonata Op. 13 in C min 'Pathetique'
Piano Sonata Op. 22 in B-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 26 in A-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 1 in E-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 in C-sharp min 'Moonlight'
Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 in D min 'Tempest'
Piano Sonata Op. 53 in C 'Waldstein'
Piano Sonata Op. 54 in F
Piano Sonata Op. 57 in F min 'Appasisonata'
Piano Sonata Op. 81a in E-flat 'Les Adieux'
Piano Sonata Op. 90 in E min
Piano Sonata Op. 109 in E
Piano Sonata Op. 110 in A-flat
Piano Sonata Op. 111 in C min
Impromptus Op. 90 D.899
Klavierstuck D. 946 No. 1
Sonata-Fantasie in G major D.894
Sonata no 3 in B minor
Ballades Nos. 1, 3 & 4
Scherzos Nos. 1 - 4
Polonaises Op. 26 No. 1, Op. 40 Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 44, Op. 53
Polonaise - Fantasie Op. 61
Barcarolle Op. 60
Berceuse Op. 57
Fantasie Op. 49
Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66
Impromptu No. 1 Op. 29
14 Nocturnes
9 Waltzes
8 Mazurkas
13 Etudes





Fantasiestucke Op. 12
Kreisleriana Op. 16
Fantasie op 17
Arabesque op 18
Noveletten op 21 nos 1 & 8
Annees de Pelerinage Vol II - Italy: 
Il penseroso
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata

Transcendental Etude - Harmonies du Soir
Etude - La Leggierezza
Etude - La Campanella
Valse oubliée No 1
Mephisto Waltz No 1
Valse oubliee
Les Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este
4 Hungarian Rhapsodies
Reminescences de Lucia di Lammermoor
Reminiscences de Don Juan
Brahms     Klavierstucke Op 118
Oiseaux tristes
Une barque sur l'océan
Alborada del gracioso
La vallée des cloches

Gaspard de la Nuit
Preludes Bk II
Images Bk I & II
L'isle Joyeuse
Selection short works including Danse, Reverie, La Plus que lente, Nocturne
Sonata No 4
Nocturne and Prelude for the Left hand
4 Etudes & Preludes
Prokofiev    Sonata No 6
Ginestera    Danzas Argentinas
Villa - Lobos    Alma Braziliera
Rosenkavalier Ramble (R Strauss)
Flower Waltz (Tchaikovsky) 
Colonial Song
Bridal Lullaby
Shepherd's Hey
George Gershwin    
Rhapsody in Blue
Song Selections
Arnold van Wyk    Four Piano Pieces (1968)
Carl Vine    Five Bagatelles
Michael Blake    38a Hill St Blues, French Suite

Piano Concerto K 246 in C
Piano Concerto K 414 in A
Piano Concerto K 415 in C
Piano Concerto K 459 in F
Piano Concerto K 466 in d min
Piano Concerto K 595 in B-flat
Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor
Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat 'Emperor'
Piano Concerto No 2
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise
Piano Concerto No 1
Saint-Saëns    Piano Concerto No 2
Tchaikovsky    Piano Concerto No 1
Litolff    Scherzo
Ravel    Piano Concerto in G
Piano Concerto No 2 in c min, 
Piano Concerto No 3 in d min
Bartok    Piano Concerto No 3
Piano Concerto No 1
Piano Concerto No 2
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto
Mozart    Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat K365
Poulenc    Concerto for Two Pianos

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