South African cellist, Peter Martens won the 2011 Classical Music SAMA for his recording of the complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven. Joanne Talbot of theStrad wrote, “Martens delivers brilliantly incisive and spirited accounts of all these works”
Peter Martens studied with Dalena Roux at Stellenbosch University and Heidi Litchauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1993 Peter returned to South Africa and occupied principal positions in a number of orchestras before moving to the University of Stellenbosch where he currently holds the positions of Artistic Administrator and Director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.
He is a member of the Amici String Quartet and has enjoyed other chamber music parnerships with, Leon Bosch, Lamar Crowson, Nina Schumann, Luis Magalhães, Benjamin Schmid, Daniel Rowland, Wolfgang Schmidt, Mirijam Contzen, Suzanne Martens, Ivry Gitlis and members of the Osiris Piano Trio, Amsterdam. 2012 Chamber music engagements included the Schubert Quintet with the Brodsky String Quartet in London, the Gulda Cello Concerto at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and performing at the Bulawayo International Festival with pianist, Leslie Howard. Concerto engagements have resulted in collaborations with a number of fine conductors including Victor Yampolsky, Bernard Gueller, Douglas Boyd and Jonas Alber. He has participated in festivals in Holland, Salzburg, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Portugal as well has having performed in the U.K. and U.S.A. Many South African composers have written for him, the most notable composition being the Cello Concerto by Allan Stephenson, which he recorded for Meridian Records with the Cape Philharmonic. His latest CD of the Bach Solo Suites is available from TwoPianists Records.
Peter is Artistic Director of the award winning Stellenbosch University Camerata who recently teamed up with Joshua Bell in performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
Peter plays on a Locky Hill Cello and is married to violinist, Suzanne Martens.
The REDFERN-PAUNA DUO
The Redfern-Pauna duo have been described by Paul Badura-Skoda as “a piano duo of first class”.
Their performances this year of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, to mark the work’s centenary, have been met with great critical acclaim.
Their performances of original masterworks for four hands have taken them across the globe.
Prestigious performances by each of the musicians include the Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square, London; Zaagreb City Hall, Croatia; Piazza Georg Enescu, Bucharest; Salzburg Grosse Saal; Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem; Konzertgebouw Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall, New York.
In 2012 they had their debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, for the Beethoven Society of Europe, performing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Ravel, to great critical reception.
Their combined list of prizes includes 1st prize at the Greig Competition in Oslo; 1st prize at the Liszt Competition, Weimar; 1st prize at the IBLA Grand Prize in Sicily, the top prize at the Valentino Bucchi in Rome; EPTA overall winner, and the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg.
Laura performed with orchestras including the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein; Cape Town Philharmonic; KZNPO; and the International Mahler Orchestra.
They have appeared at festivals such as the 50th Anniversary Liszt Festival, Weimar; Piano Fortissimo Festival in Croatia; the Manchester Keyboard Festival, and the UNISA Concert Series.
“The whole country deserves to hear the Redfern-Pauna duo.”
– Paul Boekkooi, Beeld newspaper, South Africa, 2013
“Probably the best duet I have yet been fortunate to hear”
– J Holloway, Durban Friends of Music review, South Africa, 2011
Laura Pauna, piano
Opening the 2008 Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Laura’s performance was described as “inspired… perfectly synchronised brilliance” (Horst Reischenbroek, Drehpunkt Kultur, Salzburg, 2008).
“… lavishly performed… frenziedly and brilliantly… Bravo” – Carnegie Hall review, 2007.
Laura Pauna was born in Bucharest, Romania, starting her studies at the Dinu Lipatti- and George Enescu music schools. Laura completed her KA degree at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater, Hannover, with the highest distinction.
Laura’s numerous competition prizes include being the overall winner in 2006 of the IBLA Grand Prize; winning the Valentino Bucchi competition, Rome, 2006; the Mozarteum Prize, Salzburg, in 2009, and 1st prize at the Grieg International Piano Competition, 2009.
Laura has performed extensively with orchestra, including Kammeracademie Neuss-am-Rhein; Cape Town Philharmonic, KZNPO, Pro Musica, and more.
During her time in Germany, Laura was the recipient of many scholarships and awards, including the Ottilie-Selbach award and the Ritter foundation, in addition to winning internal scholarships.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Laura has performed all over the world, including tours of the United States, Europe, and Africa. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Grosse Saal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Jerusalem Theatre, Israel, George Enescu Piazza, Bucharest, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
James Redfern, piano
“A solo pianist of the highest calibre” – Paul Badura-Skoda, 2013.
James Redfern is a leading young English pianist. He began his studies in the UK at Chetham’s School of Music and the Purcell School, with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music. James continued his study under the tutorship of Paul Badura-Skoda.
James performed Mozart’s Jeunhomme concerto at St John’s Smith Square, London at the inaugural concert of the International Mahler Orchestra, under the baton of Yoel Gamzou. James subsequently toured the Ukraine performing Brahms Concerto no. 1. Other prestigious appearances include the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London; the Bucharest Festival, Romania; the Deutsche National Theater and Stadskapelle Weimar, Germany; ZK Matthews Hall, Pretoria, South Africa, and more.
James won the 1st Prize, and Chamber Music Prize at the Franz Liszt competition, Weimar, in 2005. He was the overall winner of the EPTA competition, London, in 2010. In 2011, James won 4th Prize at the Dudley International Piano Competition.