Hailing from South Africa, Eben Wagenstroom has won numerous prizes and awards from competitions and scholarships. From 2008 to 2014, he attended the Adamant Music School’s Traditional Summer Session, performing twice in the music festival’s anniversary concerts (2010 and 2014) held in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has also participated in the masterclasses of Yossi Reshef, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Anton Nel, Julian Martin and Ran Dank. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Piano Performance under Dror Biran.
Here he plays Mozart’s Sonata in C Mjor, K. 330 in a live performance: https://youtu.be/YUUuKvO4vTU
ABOUT THE ARTIST in his own words
“It was probably during my kindergarten years that I had my first conscious interaction with music. This was primarily in the form of soundtracks to Disney films and their television off-shoots, as well as radio-friendly American ‘popular’ hits (from various genres) of the time being broadcast on local media outlets.”
“However, it was in my eighth year that I seriously became interested in Western Classical music: my father, having being born to musical parents but not having acquired their musical abilities, developed and still possesses a love for opera (Verdi and Puccini in particular). He was a subscriber to the now-defunct Classical Collection-magazine, and had magazines and cassette-recordings of music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. It was by sheer chance that I stumbled upon these.”
“It was a hearing of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik on one of these cassette-tapes that made me decide to venture into becoming a Classical musician.”