Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN has been recognised as a ‘South African piano icon’ and ‘national musical treasure’ (Classic Feel June 2009). He has performed extensively with all major South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 works for piano and orchestra. Highlights include Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 (Cape Philharmonic Orchestra- Cape Town City Hall), Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra – Linder Auditorium) and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (KZN Philharmonic Orchestra – Durban City Hall).
In recital he has developed a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming of a broad and eclectic taste in music. Recent highlights include more than 20 performances of an all-Chopin programme, following a visit to Warsaw, Poland in 2015, and recital engagements at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, Casa Labia and Christ Church Concerts – Constantia, Cape Town, Steinway Hall in London, for Mandela Day Celebrations in Mexico City and at the National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) and Hilton Arts Festival.
Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands he is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. As producer and impresario he is the director of the widely acclaimed MUSIC REVIVAL CONCERTS. Established in 1997, major projects now include more than 100 concerts annually, including the Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek, and a monthly tour to various communities in KwaZulu-Natal. Christopher Duigan has developed large following in South Africa through the broadcast of his recordings which are frequently aired on ClassicFM (Johannesburg) and Fine Music Radio (Cape Town).
In recent years he has established a highly successful and productive collaboration with Spanish virtuoso saxophonist David Salleras that has resulted in two albums of his own original music: INDIGO (2015) and MIDNIGHT BLUE (2016). They were featured in a tour of six concerts with the GIO Orchestra in Spain in April 2016 and again March 2017. These featured Duigan’s music for solo saxophone and piano with the orchestra. In December 2018 Salleras and Duigan were soloists with the Orquestra des Valles at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues playing Yoshimatsu’s ‘Cyberbird’ for solo saxophone, piano and percussion. Their performance was repeated as the opening concert at the Woordfees in the historic town of Stellenbosch in March 2019.