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02 June 2011

Renowned Australian Pianist Visits South Africa

MEDIA RELEASE - Wednesday 1 June 2011

AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION - PRETORIA

Renowned Australian pianists visit South Africa

The Australian High Commission is proud to be supporting the current visit
to South Africa by internationally acclaimed Australian piano duo Mr Coady
Green and Mr Leigh Harrold.

In addition to recent concerts at the Harare International Festival of the
Arts, Swellendam and Somerset West, the duo will perform on the evening of
1 June at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner to South
Africa, Ms Ann Harrap, in Pretoria.

Following a performance at the University of the Free State in the first
week of June, their tour will culminate on 12 June with a performance at
the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, where they will perform two works
for piano duet, as well as piano quintets with the Odeion String Quartet,
considered to be one of South Africa’s most accomplished string ensembles.

More information regarding the 12 June performance is available at:
http://www.jms.org.za

Coady Green is acknowledged as a major rising talent on the international
music scene, while Leigh Harrold is one of Australia’s most sought-after
pianists, enjoying a reputation as a musician of rare talent and
intelligence. These two pianists have won almost every prestigious
cultural award possible in Australia and together they form a fine piano
duo.

Coady Green regularly performs internationally and most recently has given
critically acclaimed recitals in Europe and the Asia-Pacific in venues such
as the Sydney Opera House, the Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls the
Salzburg Mozarteum and St Martin in the Fields, London. Since winning the
Adelaide Critics’ Circle prize for Best Emerging Artist of 2005, Leigh
Harrold has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America and
Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at
Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in
Salzburg and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras.

Part of the Australian High Commission’s mandate is to promote cultural
exchange between Australian and southern African artists, musicians and
film-makers, with the aim of promoting deeper cooperation between our
artistic communities and expanding people-to-people links.

The Australian High Commission is pleased to be able to support Coady Green
and Leigh Harrold’s visit to South Africa through our cultural exchange and
public diplomacy program.

For media enquiries please contact:

Natalie Mendelsohn, Third Secretary

Australian High Commission, Pretoria

Tel: 012 423 6183 Mobile: 083 409 3619 Email:

natalie.mendelsohn@dfat.gov.au


Will Butler
Senior researcher - Australian High Commission, Pretoria
Tel: +27 12 423 6188
Fax: +27 12 342 4202
Cell: +27 82 822 5838
Email: will.butler@dfat.gov.au

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