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Christopher Duigan - pianist

Pics above and to follow of Christopher Duigan at the Hilton Arts Festival 2016 by Jonathan Burton.


Christopher Duigan - pianist

Pics above and to follow of Christopher Duigan at the Hilton Arts Festival 2016 by Jonathan Burton.

JUNE 2017

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, Salleras has been collaborating on a project of concerts and has recorded two albums with Duigan – Indigo and Midnight Blue – both of which are available on iTunes .

The Barcelona-based musician 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. He has performed extensively with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras and has 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 work, Caprices, and Duigan’s compositions from Indigo and Midnight Blue.

Copies of Indigo and Midnight Blue will be available to purchase at all concerts.

To find out more about Music Revival’s concerts go to http://www.musicrevival.co.za

Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing at Casa Mexicana, 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, at 7.30 pm on Saturday, June 24. Tickets are R160 including refreshments. Booking is essential. Email booking@musicrevival.co.za or send an SMS or WhatsApp to 083 417 4473. Safe parking is available.

Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing at the Brooklyn Theatre at the Greenlyn Village Centre on the corner of Thomas Edison and 13thStreets in Pretoria at 3pm on Sunday, June 25. Tickets are R90 to R160 from the Brooklyn Theatre at 012 460 6033.

Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing at St Agnes Church in Kloof on Thursday, June 29 at 7.30 pm. Tickets R130, which includes refreshments. Book your tickets by calling the St Agnes Church office at 031 764 2037. Secure parking is available.

Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing at Casa Labia in Muizenberg on Friday, June 30 at 8 pm. The concert is presented by Casa Labia, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and James Grace’s Stringwise Records. It will feature special guest James Grace (guitar). Tickets are R150 per person and bookings are essential and payable in advance.  Phone 021 788 6068 or email events@casalabia.co.za The Cucina Labia Restaurant will be open for dinner between 6 pm and 8 pm.  Booking is essential.


Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing A Winter Sunday Lunch at Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine in Franschhoek on Sunday, July 2 at 12.30 pm for 1 pm. Tickets are R500, which includes a three-course meal. Booking is essential. Phone 021 876 3936. The concert is supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos.

Saxophonist David Salleras and Christopher Duigan will be performing at the Friends of Music concert at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban, on Tuesday, July 4 at 7.30 pm. Tickets R100 at the door. For more information visit www.friendsofmusic.co.za




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.

CHOPIN RECITAL Constantia, Cape Town 5 March 2017

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


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. 

Tour Schedule, Spain - April 2017

  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 is represented internationally by Alba Gorka Artist Management, Munich.

Christopher is represented internationally by Alba Gorka Artist Management, Munich.

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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. 

International engagements in June 2013 include those in London at Steinway House, St James' Piccadilly and St Barnabas. Previous London performances included South Africa House and at the Edinburgh Festival 2001 and 2003 at the invitation of the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) where he was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Major recital engagements in South Africa include recitals at the Brooklyn Theatre (Pretoria), Casa Labia in Cape Town, the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, ClassicFM Soirees-Johannesburg, Steinway Hall/Centre for the Book in Cape Town, at the Hilton Arts Festival and the Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek.  

In recent years he has been a featured soloist in several concerto performances in the Pietermaritzburg and Durban City Halls with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Christopher Duigan has an unprecedented large following in South Africa through the broadcast of his CD recordings which are frequently aired on ClassicFM (Johannesburg)  and Fine Music Radio (Cape Town). 

In March 2007 he shared the stage with the cream of South African pianists for the launch of Steinway and Sons in South Africa. Three years later 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 the Concert Series at the Hilton Arts Festival, the Franschhoek Classic Music Festival and a series of performances by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition Music Revival brings numerous recitals and chamber music performances to various communities in KZN and the Cape Winelands. 

Through this ground-breaking work, Duigan has created new audiences, built an unusually large and loyal following and re-examined many of the norms of concert performance. His crossover presentations combining virtuoso classical repertoire with selections of jazz, classic ragtime, traditional and 'Nuevo' tango and contemporary film music have been particularly enthusiastically received. This ground-breaking work as an independent classical entrepreneur has attracted much attention internationally, particularly that of renowned author and observer of trends affecting the future of classical music worldwide.

Under the Music Revival banner Christopher Duigan has produced numerous performance opportunities and collaborations with some of South Africa's leading artists including sopranos Angela Gilbert and Bronwen Forbay, baritones Federico Freschi and Njabulo Madlala, and musicians and ensembles from the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, including the Kerimov Trio. He has developed unique and creative artistic partnerships with classical guitarist James Grace, and he maintained an ongoing project of regular performances with London-based Joanne Rozario (clarinet and saxophone) including a critically acclaimed CD 'Close Your Eyes and Listen'. In recent years he has established a highly successful  and productive collaboration with Spanish virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras that has resulted in two Cd recordings of his own original music: INDIGO (2015) and MIDNIGHT BLUE (released March 2016).   Numerous national tours of South Africa have been undertaken and a tour of six concerts with GIO Orchestra in Spain took place in April 2016 and March 2017.  This featured Duigan's own music conceived for saxophone and piano with  the backing of orchestral forces.

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 graduated 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 2010 Christopher Duigan presented 'Celebrating Chopin', two recital programme marking the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth, in more than 30 performances including four performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The following year he presented two recital programmes on the 200th anniversary of the birth Franz Liszt in a number of concerts including an appearance at Steinway Hall/Centre for the Book, Cape Town.

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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

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



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

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 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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