South African born Mark Nixon will be performing at the Maritime Museum on Thursday, 26 July at 19:30. This performance forms part of an 11-concert tour of South Africa and Namibia, his seventh of such in the past decade. Resident in London, Nixon is a seasoned concert artist.
He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was also the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London.
He has received many prestigious awards, including first prizes in the Adolph Hallis and Nederburg-UNISA National Piano Competitions. In 1997 he was awarded the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship and the UNISA PJ Lemmer Overseas Scholarship.
In 2000, 2001 and 2008 he was selected as a Young Concert Artist of the National Federation of Music Societies in the United Kingdom (now known as Making Music).
His engagements have included many concerts in Holland, France, United Kingdom and South Africa. He regularly performs as a soloist, is part of the King's Piano Trio and is also a founding member of London Song Circle. He is currently Head of Keyboard at King's College School, Wimbledon in London.
In 2010 he released a CD entitled 'Songs' with the soprano Erica Eloff, to much acclaim. The recording includes works by Grieg, Wolf, Rachmaninov, de Villiers and the world premiere recording of James Wilding's 'Slaap Klein Beminde'.
The programme on 26 July starts with four dramatic transcriptions by Franz Liszt. This is followed by Johannes Brahms' emotional 'Six Piano Pieces', op 118, one of the composer's final works. After interval, the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy, one of the most important of all piano composers will be celebrated. Copies of his new Brahms, Liszt and Debussy CD will be on sale at the concert.
Tickets will be available at the door at R60 for adults and R20 for students.