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Petronel Malan to Perform for International Piano Series Finale Concert

Renowned South African Pianist Petronel Malan wiill perform for College of Charleston International Piano Series Season Finale.

"Formidable…dizzying…magical.” These words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate pianist Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. Lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Malan’s critical acclaim culminated in the nomination of three Grammy® Awards, including “Best Instrumental Solo Album” for her debut disc “Transfigured Bach.”

As a multiple Grammy® nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, Malan continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. Her next stop is at the College of Charleston International Piano Series for a performance of works by Scarlatti, Haydn and Liszt.

Born in South Africa, Malan began lessons with her mother at age four, continuing with Adolph Hallis, Joseph Stanford and Albie van Schalkwyk. She debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age ten and subsequently won all major national competitions, before moving to the United States.Malan completed both her graduate degrees at the University of North Texas. Her teachers included Steven de Groote, Ralph Votapek and Joseph Banowetz and intensive coaching sessions from American legend Earl Wild.

Malan maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world. Her career was launched following five gold medals at international piano competitions throughout the United States. These included the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt “Budapest Concert” and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. She also garnered the grand prize in the Web Concert Hall Competition (2000) and gold medals in the Grace Welsh Piano Competition and the Young Texas Artist Award.

Although residing in the United States, Malan continues strong ties to her native South Africa. She received the “Rapport/City Press Prestige Award” as one of the “10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa,” and has appeared on magazine covers, fashion spreads and even as picture-clues in crossword puzzles. She was awarded both a KKNK Kanna and a KykNET Fiesta awards for her live performances in South Africa. Apart from a love for vintage gowns, Malan’s stage wardrobe is designed by foremost South African designers. A frequent speaker and promoter of classical music in schools, scholarships in her name are awarded to promising young musicians.

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Housed within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the International Piano Series is Charleston's longest running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the School's mission, the series plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation. Learn more at

April 9, 2024

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