Petronel Malan, Pianist

Petronel MalanGrammy® Nominated South African pianist Petronel Malan is an exclusive recording artist for the internationally award-winning label Hänssler Classic. Her debut disc "Transfigured Bach: The Complete Bach Transcriptions of Bartok, Lipatti and Friedman," was nominated for three Grammy® awards, including "Best Instrumental Solo Album 2004." The album was on the Top-10 list for Classic FM for over 35 weeks. Her second recording "Transfigured Mozart," was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and her next recording, in the "Transfigured -" series is slated for international release in 2007.   As a "Blüthner Concert Artist" she uses these pianos exclusively for her recordings.

Born in South Africa, she started piano lessons with her mother, an opera singer, at age four. Considered the "last prodigy" of Adolph Hallis, (a student of Matthay and Leschetizky) she debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at the age of ten and won every competition she was eligible to enter in South Africa - including the youngest winner ever of the coveted SABC Music Prize. After her European debut in 1987, she also won the first prize at the Third International Piano Competition in Marsala, Sicily. She relocated to the United States in 1991 to pursue her career and studied under Joseph Stanford, Steven de Groote and Ralph Votapek.

She continues to appear as recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician on four continents. Highlights include performances at venues such as Carnegie Recital Hall, Salle Cortot (Paris), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Liszt Museum (Budapest), Kravis Center (West Palm Beach), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Caramoor (Katonah, NY) and Bass Hall (Fort Worth), as well as the Gilmore and Ravinia Festivals.

Petronel has also appeared with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg State Academy Orchestra, Sicilian Chamber Orchestra, The Fort Collins, Elgin and Bellevue Symphonies and the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, under the batons of Vasily Petrenko, Dmitry Manilov, Omri Hadari, Yashima Takeda, Bernhard Gueller and Fuzao Kajima.

She has broadcast live for television and radio in several countries across the world.
In 2000, she won four gold medals at the Louise McMahon International Music
Competition, the Missouri Southern, the Hilton Head, and Los Angeles
Liszt Competitions. She was also a grand prizewinner in the 2000 Web Concert
Hall Competition and first-prize winner in the Entergy Young Artist Award and the Grace Welsh Piano Prize.

In 2003, she received the "Rapport/City Press Prestige Award" as one of the "10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa." An icon in the South African music world, scholarships are annually donated in her name. Petronel has graced magazine covers and has appeared as a picture-clue in crossword puzzles.  When in South Africa, she makes regular charity appearances. Apart from a love for vintage gowns, her stage wardrobe is designed by foremost South African designers such as Henja Schaap and Hip Hop
Clothing. A supporter of classical music in schools, she makes time in her schedule to speak to students about classical music.

Petronel completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and her graduate studies at the University of North Texas, studying with Joseph Banowetz.