Young Artists Concert at Old Nectar Gardens

Leo Gevisser

Young pianist prodigy Leo Gevisser is back in South Africa to perform a series of concerts and recitals, and Old Nectar in Stellenbosch is looking forward to hosting him on Sunday August 7, at 3pm.

His solo piano recital programme includes worksby Mozart, Sciarrino, Grieg, Scriabin and Prokofiev.

Leo, 19, is currently pursuing the BMus degree programme at Juilliard with the legendary Jerome Lowenthal. He began his piano studies aged 5 at Bishops Preparatory School in Cape Town and then went on to study under Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães.

At the age of 14 he moved from South Africa to the USA, continuing his musical studies under Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro at the Young Artists Programme, Cleveland Institute of Music.

Leo gave his concerto debut at age 11, and captured the public’s attention when he won the overall first prize at the National Atterbury Piano Competition at the age of 12, soon to be followed by the gold medal at the Hubert van Der Spuy National Music Competition.

Shortly after moving to the USA Leo won the CIM Preparatory Concerto Competition as well as the Cleveland Suburban Symphony Young Soloists Concerto Competition.

In 2019 Leo was awarded the Grand Prize at the Baltimore International Festival Competition (for solo piano) in addition to the Grand Prize at the sixth Coltman Chamber Music Competition (for the Arcus Trio).

The recently launched Old Nectar Concert Series offers curated Classical Music concerts at Old Nectar’s historic wine cellar in the Jonkershoek Valley. Seating 50 audience members, the venue offers an intimate concert experience with top local and international artists.

The concert will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available from Quicket for R200, and include selected wines from Banhoek’s Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Students and pupils pay R50 at the door.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding Leo’s education. Guests are invited to arrive early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.

For more information about the programme, and upcoming concerts at Old Nectar, visit www.oldnectar.com/concerts, or contact Fiona Grayer, concert curator, at concerts@oldnectar.com