FINDLAY - The Westhuizen Piano Duo will conclude The First Presbyterian Church's 33rd Artist Series Season. The performance is scheduled for 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 28, in the Sanctuary at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 2330 S. Main St., in Findlay. The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be received.
Internationally-acclaimed South African pianists, Pierre van der Westhuizen and Sophié van der Westhuizen, have appeared in major festivals and venues throughout the United States and performed in all the major concert halls of South Africa. They both completed their studies at the College-Conservatory of Music, in Cincinnati, where they studied with renowned professor Frank Weinstock, as well as the legendary piano duo Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. They were the first piano duo to be accepted into the prestigious PianoTexas International Academy and Festival (formerly known as the TCU/Cliburn Institute) where they received master classes from Harold Martina, John Owings, Jan Jiraceck and the legendary Janos Starker.
The Westhuizen Duo currently resides in the Cleveland area, where Pierre has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Sophié has joined the faculty of Youngstown State University and also teaches piano at The Cleveland Music Settlement and Cuyahoga Community College. They both previously served on the faculty of Heidelberg University as Assistant Professors of Piano and Co-coordinators of the Keyboard Division. Pierre and Sophié enjoy teaching master classes wherever they perform, and have served as guest artists/faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music's Summer Sonata Festival. The Duo's latest CD release features the complete works for two pianos by Francis Poulenc.