CONCERT: 26 June 2009 at 19:00, Musaion, University of Pretoria. Tickets available here
Trio Hemanay was formed at the beginning of 1997 and celebrated their tenth anniversary with their debut album which was nominated for a SAMA award in 2008.
Since its inception the Trio has had extraordinary success throughout South Africa. It is constantly lauded in terms of the excellence of its music making and comparisons to the best of chamber music internationally abound.
Trio Hemanay has also made a name for its commitment to the performance and promotion of works by South African composers. The South African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) has commissioned several works for the Trio, amongst them Stefans Grové’s very evocative The Soul Birds and, more recently, the young Stellenbosch composer Hans Huyssen’s The Cattle Have Gone Astray. Arrangements of well known pieces by Satie casino and Bartók have also been specially commissioned for them, and are included on this album. Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Notturno Elegiaco is dedicated to the group.
Trio Hemanay performs at major concert venues throughout South Africa, and is featured in the programmes of the Johannesburg and Cape Town Music Societies, Northwards, Mount Grace, and The Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown. In 2000 the group enjoyed successful tours both to the United States and The Netherlands.
The trio consists of Helen Vosloo (flute), Marian Lewin (cello) and Malcolm Nay (piano). Both Helen and Marian are instructors at the Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2009.