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Peter is looking forward to giving the SA premiere of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations in its original version with the Stuttgart Academic Orchestra.

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  Dept of Music, Stellenbosch University

  martensp@sun.ac.za

  +27 (0)21 808 2343

  +27 (0)21 808 2340

  +27 (0)72 531 3235

Press about Peter Martens

“Martens also played superbly and mined from the wooden body of his cello that wonderful rich variety of tone colours for which he has become so renowned.”

     Andra le Roux-Kemp WhatsoninCapeTown 6 June 2012

“Let’s also hear more from the superbly talented Bosch and the masterful Martens…”

     Stephenson Bass and cello concerto with Cape Philharmonic CD. Rob Barnett - Music Web International November 2011

“The cello is rich and passionate and the piano, especially, rings out with authority and excitement.”

     Mary Kunz Goldman – May 2011

“Peter Martens delivers brilliantly incisive and spirited accounts of all these works and makes a particularly good case for the cello arrangement of the Horn Sonata op.17."

     Joanne Talbot on his latest CD release “The complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven” – Strad Magazine Feb 2011

“The star of this concert was the cellist Peter Martens with a staggering interpretation of Haydn’s cello concerto in C. It was stylistic with fast passages precisely articulated, and in the Adagio long supple lines – truly enchanting playing”

     Wayne Muller, Die Burger, 02/10/2010

Of the world Premier of Allan Stephenson’s Cello concerto, Elretha Britz wrote, “Martens seized the challenge of this work with its effective percussive passages and in places took ones breath away with his technical mastery”

     Vollksblad 02/06/2009

“The Saint-Saens [concerto]...was given an excellent, well judged performance by Peter Martens”

     Michael Green, Arts News KZN, 16/10/2006

“The dances were all played with a strong basic rhythm, but with a suppleness helping the music to breath, enhancing phrase endings and allowing the musical inflection to come to the fore”

     Pieter Koojj, Die Burger, 22/09/2007

“The highlight of the concert was Peter Martens’ delivery of the Haydn C Major cello concerto. In the lyrical first and second movements Martens carried the melodic line particularly beautifully...he had good intonation throughout and his relaxed playing in the virtuoso fingerwork of the Allegro molto movement is impressive”

     Kobus van der Merwe, Die Burger

“ Martens took listeners on a journey of sound as he magically produced beautiful music from his instrument”

     Wayne Muller , Die Burger

“...hats of to young Peter Martens who had to switch from Schostakovitch’s First Concerto to the Dvorak at relatively short notice. Taxing as it was, Martens showed no signs of trepidation...”

     Johan Cloete, The Argus 27/05/1994

In a crit titled “Dazzling virtuosity”, Paul Boekkooi wrote, “Martens’ line and control is masterly...his tone always had a refined roundness about it with no scratchy sounds at all”

     The Star 14/04/1999

“Whenever he was entrusted with one of those great melodic lines...his singing tone resounded in full beauty.”

     Rupert Mayr, The Herald, 03/08/2004

“ ...with Martens’ serious artistry the ensemble was multifaceted, full of personality and absorbing...the performance also drew attention to Martens’ clear, sweet high register.”

     Matildie Thom, Die Burger, 16/10/2006

In a crit titled “Fresh delivery, sensitive interpretation”, Brett Pyper wote of a performance of the 6 Bach Suites, “His phrasing is alternately crisp and soaring, his tempi never sag, and he explores the light and shade within his instrument’s tone palette in ways that animate the pieces at hand.”

     Cue, 06/07/2006