Brilliant pianist Daniel Ciobanu plays for JMS


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A prize-winning young Romanian pianist carries the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2017 season forward on Sunday 26 February at 17:00.

Daniel Ciobanu
Daniel Ciobanu

Following hard on the heels of Joanna MacGregor’s delightful recital, comes Daniel Ciobanu, who promises to contribute a brilliant second concert to the JMS season in the Linder Auditorium, St Andrews Road, Parktown on Sunday 26 February at 17:00.

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Daniel Ciobanu, who was over-all winner at the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition – and who has just walked away with the First Prize at the prestigious BNDES International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – is a brilliant young pianist with a busy career.

After his initial education in Pietra Neamt, the town of his birth, Daniel Ciobanu studied as a Silvestri Scholarship student in Edinburgh, Scotland, becoming Young Musician of the Year in 2008. Among the more than 40 prizes he has earned in Romania, Spain, the UK and France, one of the greatest honours was to be selected to perform alongside Lang Lang in London’s Royal Festival Hall, where he played Constantin Silvestri’s ‘Baccanale’ in front of an audience of 3000.

For the Johannesburg Musical Society’s concert on Sunday 26 February, Daniel Ciobanu will begin his recital with the Baccanale, a tour de force of demanding piano technique.

He follows this with Chopin’s lovely Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante, and with Mussorgsky’s colourful Pictures at an Exhibition. After interval, he plays Nicolai Medtner’s lovely Fairy Tales, Opus 20, Enescu’s Toccata and Pavane from Suite No. 2, and ends with Prokofiev’s thrilling Seventh Piano Sonata.

All tickets for this concert can be booked at Computicket. Tickets can also be bought at the box office from one hour before the start of the concert – but please note that there is no credit card facility at the Linder box office.

Students get substantial discounts, as do members of the Johannesburg Musical Society, who pay about half of the box office prices and who get a free programme at each concert into the bargain.

For more details about the Johannesburg Musical Society and the current season, consult the website at or phone Avril Rubenstein on 011 728 5492 or Herman van Niekerk on 083 228 2917.

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