- THE ATHENAEUM
- WEDDINGS & EVENTS
- FM YOUNG WRITERS COMPETITION
Jazz at The Athenaeum : The Melvin Peters Trio
£5.00 per person (to be booked in advance)
There will be 2 x 40 Minute Performances with Newsroom services available throughout.
Melvin Peters is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, educator and church organist. He started classical piano lessons at the age of six and continued throughout high school. Whilst studying towards a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Natal, he began jazz piano lessons under the tutelage of Darius Brubeck in 1983. After completing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 1989, he was appointed lecturer in Jazz Studies at the University of Durban-Westville in 1990. He taught here for ten years and during this time was awarded a scholarship to study at Harvard University in 1998. He has performed extensively in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Melvin Peters has worked with several leading South African jazz musicians. Career highlights include performances with such jazz luminaries as Herb Ellis and Ginger Baker, as well as the opportunity to share the stage with the legendary Dave Brubeck at Harvard University in 1999. He has collaborated with Abdullah Ibrahim in the formation of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, for which he was appointed Music Director. Other major performances include collaborations at the Joy of Jazz Festival and the Hilton Festival. He has made several appearances with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and also performed in the premiere of Noel Stockton’s
“Invictus” with the Free State Symphony Orchestra. In September 2010, he received the Living Legends Award by the Ethekwini Municipality in acknowledgement of his contribution to the musical landscape of Durban, as well as to South Africa as a whole.