Starring: BARBARA-ANN Horsfield Schoonees
BARBARA-ANN Horsfield Schoonees was born into a musical family in Cape Town. Her mother, Anna van der Westhuizen, was a well-known concert pianist and piano teacher, and as a result, Barbara-Ann started playing the piano from a young age. She furthered her musical studies at the University of Cape Town, where she had the privilege of being taught by Michael Isador and Lamar Crowson.
She is known in Johannesburg as an excellent musician and piano teacher and has performed several times as a solo pianist, in Johannesburg and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Her first piano CD, "REFLECTIONS", which was recorded live at the National Arts Festival in 2010, can be heard on Classic fm Radio and on Fine Music Radio in Cape Town.
Barbara-Ann has enjoyed including works by the Italian composer, Ludovico Einaudi, in her concert programme. She clearly resonates with his music and that is why she decided to record a compilation of Einaudi's music, as a tribute to his work.
On the 28th February this year, Barbara-Ann launched her new album, "SOUNDSCAPES A tribute to Einaudi", to great acclaim.
LUDOVICO EINAUDI was born in Turin, Italy, in 1955. His mother, who played the piano to him as a child, was one of the earliest musical influences in his life. He studied at Milan's prestigious Conservatorio Verdi and later with the renowned Italian composer, Luciano Berio.
His music has been described as minimalist, classical, ambient and deeply moving. In his own words: "A welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world." Through his piano compositions, concerts and film soundtracks, Einaudi has become one of the world's most loved pianists and composers.
Here are a few comments:
"Your music is simple, yet so complex at the same time."
"Hearing your music is like a meditation at the highest level."
"Your music went to my core and soul."
Einaudi says, "Music for me was more connected to an idea of the creative process where I could find a connection with myself, find a way or place in the world through the music."
"I try to write music that will talk to people with a simple truth that touches their hearts."