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Performance highlights of 2018


Bridget Harrison and myself running in the streets of the quaint town of Rhodes where I performed at the Stoepsit Fest, 15-17 February. Bridget has been key in getting me to perform in Rhodes and present workshops and masterclasses in Matatiele, Eston and the Drakensberg for me for 2018. What a wonderful woman to work (and run;-) with!
Glenn Read introducing my performance of Yann Tiersen's EUSA in their home, 7 April, Hilton Gardens


After my recital of Yann Tiersen's EUSA at the home of Paul and Glenn in Hilton, 7 April



My recital of The Resonating Pulse at the Michaelhouse Music Festival, 12 May (photos: Kavish Rajpaul)

Performing at The Lucit Candle Gardens, Pretoria, 1 July

My concert poster for the recital on 8 July at Noraplace in Northcliff, Johannesburg, of Yann Tiersen's EUSA - ten pieces for piano inspired by the island of Ushant (Breton equivalent known as Eusa).

What a joy to appear alongside singer Tanya Nicolson and pianist St John Haw at the Winter Music Matinee in Pietermaritzburg, 22 July

Reciting poetry at the Winter Music Matinee, 22 July

After the performance of Winter Music Matinee with my fellow-musicians Tanya Nicolson and St John Haw on 22 July

An evening to remember! It has been a dream of mine to perform at the Conscious Cafe (aka The Castle) in Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal on 27 July. The concert coincided with the total lunar eclipse that night.

Performing in the Conscious Cafe (The Castle) in Hillcrest, Durban on 27 July

One of my piano students let us move her piano to the Conscious Cafe specially for the performance. Here I am testing the piano after it got tuned the morning before the concert
Some newspaper coverage of my piano performance at the home of the Vercuil's in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal on 4 August


Amidst my solo-touring I had the joyous experience to go on a week long roadtrip in August with friend and clarinetist Morné van Heerden through the Eastern Cape. Our tour took us to Grahamstown, Plettenberg Bay, Kareedouw and Hogsback. 

One of the two performances I performed at the Mcgregor Poetry Festival, 24-26 August (photo: Don Pinnock)

Yeah, how chuffed I was to meet the one and only Pieter Dirk Uys at the VoorkamerFest in Darling

Here catching a humorous moment with my audience at my recital at the Voorkamer Fest in Darling. I gave around a dozen performances over the Festival weekend, 31 August - 2 September. What a great festival and concept. 

Performing my last recital for the Voorkamer Fest in Darling

Here with my "Voorkamer" hosts, the Jerling family.


Here with one of the taxi drivers who transported the various audience-members to the respective concert venues
Hanging with the staff of Evita se Perron, the central point of the Voorkamer Fest
Just after my recital for the Thank You function of the McGregor Poetry Festival, 19 September. The performance was specially organised for all the dedicated organisers, volunteers and hosts- seeing that they are so occupied with making sure the Festival runs smoothly, they miss out on the various readings and performances during the Festival. This concert was a special tribute to all these very important role-players who keep this festival alive (behind me: Martin & Jennifer Johnson, Billy Kennedy and Michael McKenzie)


...And Lara moves yet another piano. This time the piano of Bea Whitaker, resident of Stanford kindly offered to have her piano moved to the beautiful concert-venue. 


The concert venue - what an incredible turn-out we had the evening!
Stanfordians - you have given me such wonderful support over the years!


Here with my fellow performers after the performance on 20 September - soprano Bea Whitaker, pianist Janika Dorland, and pianist Marli Pigott


I had the joy to give masterclasses to some of the piano-students of Janika Dorland in Stanford. Above are all the performers for the Beethoven concert she organised

Getting ready for Konsert-in-die-Bos. I was invited by artist Niel Jonker to perform for the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Here I am performing on the side of the dam in the magical setting of the sun, 22 September

My performance of Yann Tiersen's EUSA in Constantia, Cape Town, 28 September. Yet another host, Fiona Archer who has been so supportive of my poetry and concerts - she is always on the ready to host my performances on her beautiful upright - definitely one of the best upright pianos I have played on.

Here with the Bootsma family in Kareedouw in the Langkloof of the Eastern Cape -  Marten and Carin Bootsma who gifted me the piano I have taken to AfrikaBurn twice, and the instrument I practice and teach on. On my way back to KwaZulu-Natal I stopped over for a special tribute performance to the Bootsmas, 4 October



Workshopping poetry and photography with the Helenvale poets in Port Elizabeth, 6 October (photos: Brian Walter)


Performing at Music in the Hills (MiTH) at the Knoll in Hilton, 10 October



Giving piano workshops for various rural schools at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, 12 October (photos: Bridget Harrison).





My performance for the inauguration of the new Shigeru Kawai piano at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, 28 October. A special hanks to pianist Christopher Duigan who invited my program to be part of the inauguration concert-series (photos: Paul Eric Hildyard & Bronwen Havard).


One of my highlight performances of 2018 - in the Crab Apple Chapel in the Dargle, 11 November. I played my new program Piano in Flight. I had such a enchanted time performing in that beautiful and serene space. 





Here with the students of Misty Meadows school from the Dargle on the steps of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. The children were taken on a humorous and interactive walk-about with Pinky Nkabinde in the different art rooms. Then I performed for them on the Tatham's brand new Shigeru Kawai piano - I had to show off this grand instrument to the children ;-) 




Performing my recital - Piano in Flight - at Sagewood Cafe in Pietermaritzburg, 25 November. The owner and chef Gregg Oosthuizen prepared a sumptuous High Tea for the guests. The most perfect afternoon. The yellow pieces of paper around the tree are the poems that I recited. 


Here with Phillippa Gordon who hosted the Summer Feels concert at Overstone. Phillippa has been such a support for me and my career. The last concert for 2018 - 2 December -  and what a memorable day it was!





The Summer Feels concert was a joint performance with singer Tanya Nicolson and St John Haw at the Gordon's farm Overstone, 2 December. On the left is Caro Richter and on right Phillippa Gordon, the two sisters who so joyously organised and hosted the afternoon (photos: Paul Eric Hildyard). 

Performance highlights of 2017



Lara performing at Zuvuya Sunfest, the Dargle in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, 4 February (photos: Louis Bolton) 





Lara performing with Sandile Mabaso and the Vusisizwe Choral Society in Opera Gala at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, 19 March (photos: Kavish Rajpaul)

The poster for Lara's solo piano program she traveled with over South Africa in 2017 - The Resonating Pulse (music by Bach, Debussy, Albeniz and Tiersen and improvisations and poetry on the theme of the Pulse (photo: Keran Ducasse)


photo: Gideon Vewas

photo: Philip Malan

photo: Philip Malan


Lara performing three piano concerts (as a tribute to her late father and the San Bushmen) during the AfrikaBurn Festival in the Tankwa Karoo, 28-30 April (photo: Jaco Uys)

Lara after a performance at her home in Lidgetton, The Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, 15 May

Lara after her performance at Amberfield Frail Care, Howick, 18 May


Lara performing in the Meditation Hall at The Waterfall Retreat Centre in Hillcrest, 20 May

Lara after her performance at Sunfield Home for the Mentally Challenged in Howick, 22 May


Lara improvising with one of the residents at Sunfield



Lara's performance in the exquisite setting of Noraplace in Northcliff, Johannesburg, 27 May

Lara and flutist/composer Douglas Scott during her performance at the home of Ansie de Swardt, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 11 June 


Lara with the hostess of the evening Ansie de Swardt 


Lara in performance at a Kindlewood Soiree in Bordeaux, Johannesburg, 25 June (photos: Jean-Frederik)

Lara in performance at the home of Gavin and Elsa De Kock, Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg, 1 July (photo: Arnold de Beer)

Lara with a school mate of hers Antje Thompson who runs the Da Capo music school in Northcliff, Johannesburg alongside her husband Glen. They hosted a beautiful music evening for the students with Lara as guest performer



Lara performing her Mirrors installation and poetry piece during the Plett Arts Festival, 13 July (photo: Timothy Twidle)

Lara in a photoshoot after her performance of Mirrors with photographer Vinthi Neufeld, Plettenberg Bay, 15 July 

Lara after her performance at the home of fellow Ecca poet Brian Walter and members of the Helenvale Poets, Port Elizabeth


Lara with members of the orchestra/band playing for the Michaelhouse school production of Andersson and Ulvaeus' Chess, 13-16 August






Lara performing her Mirrors installation/poetry piece at the Mcgregor Poetry Festival, 25-27 August (photos: Daniele Debellis)


Lara performing at Mith (Music in the Hills) at the Knoll, Hilton, 20 September (photos: Minnesh Harichand)






Lara performing at the Festival of Trees in Hogsback, 24 September. Latoya Solani assisted with the creating of just the right resonance within the audience 

Lara after the piano-play-day at Misty Meadows Country School, The Dargle, Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, 29 September 

Lara with clarinetist Morné van Heerden after their performance at the prestigious Northwards, Parktown, Johannesburg, 15 October

Lara after her performance for the Foundry Staff on her and her partner Kim Goodwin's smallholding in Lidgetton, the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, 23 November

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Performance highlights of 2016

Clarinetist Morné van Heerden and pianist Lara Kirsten had two successful tours of their program The Dance in 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape

Lara Kirsten and Morné van Heerden performing at the Michaelhouse Music Festival in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, 24 April (photo: Jonathan Burton)

Morné van Heerden and Lara Kirsten after their performance at Sunfield Home for menttaly challenged adults in Howick, 22 April

Lara Kirsten and tenor Sandile Mabaso after their performance of Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and Schumann's Dichterliebe, 13 July (photo: Ansie de Swardt)

Cellist Fiona Bull, singer-songwriter Abbo Hall and Lara Kirsten playing their first performance as Geode at Music in the Midlands at The Knoll in Hilton, 10 August

Calligrapher Andrew van der Merwe applying the calligraphy of excerpts of Lara's poetry on her body for a performance at the Mcgregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (photo: Daniele Debellis)






Lara perfoming her piece mond: asemrowende spelonk at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)






A playful photoshoot with Lara on a dusty road in McGregor after her performance at the poetry festival (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)




Morné van Heerden and Lara Kirsten in recital at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 27 August (all photos above: Daniele Debellis)

The first studio shoot with Lara and photographer Tony Meintjies in McGregor (woord-koors calligraphed by Andrew van der Merwe on Lara's face - it translates into word fever)

Lara presenting a workshop Sounding your Voice at the Alliance Francaise Poetry Festival in Port Elizabeth, 10 September


Much jolliness ensued after the open mic at the poetry festival at Alliance Francaise in Port Elizabeth. On Lara's left Patsy Laubscher, the organiser of the festival.


Lara engaging with the elements during the Global Nomadic art Project in September (photo: Louis Bolton)

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Performance highlights of 2015

Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their performance of Die Schöne Müllerin by Franz Schubert at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, 13 March (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten after her performance for Mother's Day with residents of Amberfield Frail Care Centre in Howick, 7 May 

Bea Whittaker and Lara Kirsten after their performance at the FynArts Festival in Hermanus, 9 June


Lara Kirsten with poets Brian Walter and Eduard Burle at the launch of the ECCA poets' 2015 book Sound Piping at Touch of Madness, Observatory, Cape Town, 6 July. Unfortunately ECCA poet Cathal Lagan could not be there for the reading, but we were very glad that his daughter, Kate - on left - came to join us and read some of her father's poems.
Flutist Thomas de Bruin and Lara Kirsten in recital of the 3 B's -  Lost and Transcribed -  music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at Youngblood, Cape Town, 9 July (photo: Andries Jordaan)

Lara Kirsten after her performance at Sunfield Home for Mentally Challenged Adults in Howick, 17 July. Lara called up some residents to improvise with her on the piano. Even though most of them have no musical training they played with such a natural feeling for melody and rhythm. 


Lara Kirsten and Laura Pauna with conductor Richard Cock after their performance of the Liebeslieder Waltzer by Brahms with the Chanticleer Singers at the St Francis Anglican Church in Parkview, Johannesburg, 14 August
Pianists Laura Pauna and Lara Kirsten performing the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer with Richard Cock and The Chanticleer Singers at the Sasolburg Theater, 15 August

Flutist Thomas de Bruin and Lara Kirsten in recital of the 3 B's - Lost and Transcribed - music transcribed for flute by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at Casta Diva, Pretoria, 23 August

Joined by Lara and Thomas' family and friends after their recital at Casta Diva, Pretoria, 23 August

Lara Kirsten performing at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 30 August (photo: Daniele Debellis) 

Lara Kirsten with Sandile Mabaso​, Ntabiseng and Ntombi after their performance at the Kokstad Junior School, 28 September.




The three photos above: Lara Kirsten giving a concert and improvisation workshop for the learners at Misty Meadows School under the pin-oak at her home in Lidgetton, the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, 29 October (photo: Kim Goodwin)


The two photos above: Lara with her cousin and clarinetist Louis Kirsten. They performed the two sonatas for clarinet and piano op 120 by Brahms in Johannesburg, 29 November (photo: Kim Goodwin)


Lara with students of Carol Solomon after the piano workshop in Caversham, the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, 8 December 
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Performance highlights of 2014

Hernandos Hideaway Gypsy concert with Eliot Short, Gwyneth Lloyd, Desiree Bonfiglio and Lara Kirsten at The Rose Theater, Hogsback, 4 January (photo: Kim Goodwin)
The four Gypsies - Gwyneth Lloyd, Eliot Short, Desiree Bonfiglio and Lara Kirsten (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Performance of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's dream at the Fame Festival at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg 24 Feb - 2 March. James Redfern, Laura Pauna and Lara Kirsten
In rehearsal of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzer with pianist Tessa Olivier and soprano Linelle Wimbles in Johannesburg (photo: Kim Goodwin)
In duet rehearsal Lara Kirsten and Jacques Heyns in Lidgetton, KwaZulu Natal Midlands (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Lara Kirsten after her performance at Sunfield Home for mentally challenged adults in Howick, 13 May
Lara Kirsten and cellist Francois le Roux in recital at the Kindlewood soiree in Johannesburg, 24 August (photo: Dalena Nel)
Tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their concert at the Sandton Theater on the Square, 29 August (photo: Kim Goodwin)
Lara Kirsten and Thomas de Bruin in rehearsal in Cape Town (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten and Thomas de Bruin in performance at the Heuer Musikhaus in Stellenbosch, 25 September (photo: Andries Jordaan)
Lara Kirsten reciting poetry at the Hogsback Spring Festival as part of the Ecca Poets' launch of their latest book Unplanned Hour, 3 October (photo: Silke Heiss)
Tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten in rehearsal at the Michaelhouse Chapel in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, 18 October (photo: Kim Goodwin)








The series of photos above of tenor Sandile Mabaso and Lara Kirsten after their cconcert at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, 19 October (photos: by Kavish Rajpaul)
Lara Kirsten performing her poetry at the McGregor Poetry Festival, 26 October