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International pianist in town

ACCLAIMED international pianist Leslie Howard will join with celebrated young violinist Benjamin Nabarro for the next Celebrity Subscription Concerts presentation in Harare, scheduled to take place in early June.

Howard has perfo

rmed in Zimbabwe on many occasions during the past 12 years, while Nabarro will be making his first appearance in the country. Both performers will be here for the fifth Bulawayo Music Festival, which takes place from June 14 to 18, and the pair will present this concert in Harare before travelling to Bulawayo.

Howard is one of the world’s most widely-travelled classical musicians and has performed on all five continents. He has recorded 130 CD albums, including the notable achievement of 97 albums featuring the complete piano music of Franz Liszt. Born in Australia and resident in London since 1972, he has performed internationally with many of the world’s leading orchestras and has been a soloist with many top conductors.

As well as performing, Howard composes and his works include an opera, a ballet and a number of orchestral, choral and solo compositions.

Nabarro, who was born in 1976, has a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. He is violinist of the Olivier Ensemble, the Wakeford Ensemble and the London Bridge Ensemble, and is a regular guest of other groups. He is heard regularly on BBC musical broadcasts and has travelled throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East to perform. He plays on a violin made by Camillus Camilli of Mantua in about 1750.

The concert in Harare will take place at the Harry Margolis Hall as a late afternoon performance, starting at 5pm on Saturday June 10. It will feature the Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major by Mozart, Shostakovich’s Sonata for Violin and Piano Opus 134, Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Franck’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major.

This will be the second Celebs concert for 2006, following the successful performance given in April by the pianist Libor Novacek.

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