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The 7th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2015

27 January - 8 February 2015

Picture: French oboist Céline Moinet takes part in the JIMF (photo by Francois Sechet)

The festival offers classical music lovers a series of concerts and cultural events all under the year's motto "Masquerade".

Originally organized in 2006 in commemoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday anniversary, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has developed into a highly successful and well-loved annual classical music event, with popular conductor Richard Cock at the helm as Music Director, together with concert pianist Florian Uhlig as Artistic Director.
The Festival takes place on an annual basis on and around 27 January, Mozart’s anniversary, at a time when the regular subscription series of the South African classical music scene come to a halt for their summer break and audiences will particularly enjoy the more informal character of festival music-making.

French oboist Céline Moinet takes part in the festival for a unique performance with pianist Florian Uhlig, which includes works by Robert Schumann, Richard Dubugnon, Antonio Pasculli and a world premiere performance of Peter Klatzow’s “Masks. Theme with five variations for oboe and piano” (JIMF commission) on Sunday 1 February at 6.00pm at Northwards House.

The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level with a keenly intelligent and creative approach to programming and an enterprising portfolio of all-encompassing education and outreach projects for children, students and audiences of all corners of society.

>>> View the full programme here.

>>> Watch an excerpt of Cécile Moinet's performance here.

For more information and bookings, visit www.join-mozart-festival.org

The Chamber Music Concert featuring Céline Moinet on 1 February is presented at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival with the support of the French Institute of South Africa.

More about Céline Moinet
Born 1984 in Lille, Moinet completed her studies with David Walter und Maurice Bourgue at the Conservatoire National de Paris. She has won numerous prestigious awards and a prize at the Fernand Gillet International Oboe Competition in the USA.

Since the year 2008, Céline Moinet has been Principal Oboe of the Dresden Staatskapelle. She began her professional career at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, and soon thereafter she received invitations as a guest principal oboe at renowned orchestras in Germany such as the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, Frankfurt Museumsorchester, and the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. From 2006 to 2008 she was Principal Oboe at the Orchestra of the Mannheim Opera House, and eventually, at the age of only 23, joined the famous Dresden Staatskapelle in the same position.

Céline Moinet is a dedicated chamber musician, and as a soloist she performs regularly with first rank partners including baritone Matthias Goerne. She also teaches and gives master classes, among others at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Highlights in 2010 include appearances as a soloist with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Mozart concerto) and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under Fabio Luisi (Martin concerto). In the 2010/11 season Céline Moinet will be performing the oboe concertos by Bach and Strauss, and she will be playing Wolf-Ferrari!s concertino for oboe and small orchestra in Milano and at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. In November 2011, Céline Moinet will be the soloist in concerts and recordings with the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra, and in December 2011 she will be touring Europe with Matthias Goerne and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

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