The Wits Trio has always been fabulous. Malcolm Nay on piano and Zanta Hofmeyr on violin are a stunning pair of chamber musicians. With the new inclusion of Susan Mouton, the principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, one has a truly great trio of mature, intelligent and sensitive musicians.
On Sunday 22 July 2018 at 15:30 in The Atrium at Wits, they met to play an interesting and challenging programme as had been presented at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier in the month.
The works were the Trio no. 18 in A major by Josef Haydn (1732-1809); the Trio no 1 in G major (1879) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and the Trio in E-flat major, Opus 100 (1827) by Franz Schubert (1797-1828).
The ensemble took these works and presented them as a gift to the audience. The sheer loveliness of the work shone through the flawless playing and wonderfully harmonious interpretations. In his introduction to the final work, Malcolm Nay warned the audience that it was long. It may have seemed long to the performers, but we, the audience, were caught up and it all seemed quite short.
All three of the performers are at the top of their professions. Malcolm Nay is an associate professor (piano performance) at Wits University as well as a sought after adjudicator. It is, however, as a chamber musician that Malcolm Nay is best known.
Zanta Hofmeyr is a renowned violin soloist and chamber musician throughout the country and the list of top violin students who want to study with her is longer than she could possibly have time for. My favourite thing about Zanta Hofmeyr is not in her CV – it is that she unfailingly attends every possible musical event in the region (both Pretoria and Johannesburg), especially where young violinists are performing.
Susan Mouton is also an experienced and sought after adjudicator and teacher of the cello. Susan Mouton plays in several chamber music ensembles, and she is, as I said above, the principal cellist in the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
The next Wits Concert will take place on 21 August, 2018, at 19:30, also at The Atrium and it will feature Naomi Sullivan on Saxophone and Luke Newby on Clarinet. They will be performing works by various composers, including South African works. Check the poster for the Wits Trio Concert – the booking details are the same. Reminder about the odd time – 19:30, not 20:00.