CAYMAN ARTS FESTIVAL18 FEB - 1 MAR 2024
Asiya Korepanova - Organ recital
The events of the first week of CAF 2024 will provide the audience with a nostalgic journey back to 2004, offering a chance to relive the experiences of that time. As a key component of the "Remembering CAF 2004" series, Asiya Korepanova will enchant listeners with an organ recital at St. George’s Anglican Church, featuring compositions by Dieterich Buxtehude, César Franck, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Glen Inanga, Asiya Korepanova - Piano recital
As part of the "Remembering 2004" events, the audience is in for an extraordinary treat featuring seasoned musicians - Glen Inanga, the co-founder of Cayman Arts Festival and Asiya Korepanova. Get ready for a mesmerizing ensemble as these two exceptionally talented artists join forces, promising a performance that is both unique and captivating.
Classical Music Concert for children
Join us on Tuesday for an enchanting afternoon featuring acclaimed artists Glen Inanga (pianist), Asiya Korepanova (pianist), John McLaughlin Williams (violinist), and Dequan Smith (cellist). Prepare to be captivated by their mesmerizing performances, which will fill the Harquail Theatre with melodies that touch your soul.
We are delighted to extend an invitation to as many children and students as possible to attend this unique musical event. We look forward to sharing this extraordinary musical experience with the school community.
CAF STRING ORCHESTRA concert
In our continued effort to recreate the enchanting atmosphere of CAF 2004, it is imperative to feature an orchestral concert conducted by the esteemed John McLaughlin Williams. The CAF String Orchestra will once again bring together a harmonious blend of both overseas and local performers.
This orchestral presentation promises to evoke the nostalgic spirit of the earlier festival, offering a musical experience that transcends time.
Event sponsored by Butterfield
Glen Inanga, Dequan Smith and John McLaughlin Williams - Piano, cello and violin recital
Grammy Award-winning Conductor and Violinist John McLaughlin Williams has been an integral part of Cayman Arts Festival since its inception, gracing our events in 2004. We are delighted to welcome him back for a special performance, this time alongside one of the most promising talents to emerge from our after-school program, cellist Dequan Smith, who is now pursuing his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This event beautifully encapsulates the past, present, and future of Cayman Arts Festival, where the rich history of our festival harmoniously blends with the boundless potential of our young musicians. Accompanied on the piano by our co-founder and Artistic Director, Glen Inanga, this promises to be an extraordinary evening of music and inspiration. This orchestral presentation promises to evoke the nostalgic spirit of the earlier festival, offering a musical experience that transcends time.
Twenty-one year-old Dequan Smith started his cello playing career in 2016 at a Cayman Arts Festival Summer Camp when he was 13 years old and was immediately hooked on the cello. His musicianship developed quickly and in 2019, Dequan won the Cayman ‘Young Musician of the Year’ competition. That same year, he won a British Ministry of Education Music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, one of five specialist music schools in the UK. At Wells, Dequan led the cello section of the school’s symphony orchestra and was awarded a distinction for his cello diploma. In March 2022, he represented the Cayman islands as a finalist in the ‘Young Musician of the Caribbean’ competition in the Dominican Republic.
Dequan has performed several times in Cayman. His concerts include a performance in 2022 at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church in Savannah, where he performed Brahms and Bruch with Korean pianist Sejin Yoon, as well as a concert in September 2023. when he performed with pianist Adam Heron at the John Gray Performance Centre playing works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
The young Caymanian is currently a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he is in his second year of a Cello Performance degree. At the Royal Conservatoire, he has performed in several orchestral and chamber concerts.
BACH ARIA SOLOISTS WITH RODNEY MARSALIS
Alas, this MUST SEE concert presents famed trumpeter Rodney Marsalis from the legendary Marsalis family for a special collaboration with Bach Aria Soloists made for our community!
“No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time…unless you’re my cousin Rodney.” - Wynton Marsalis
From Bach to Bernstein, this concert effortlessly mixes the classics with the contemporary, invigorated by the excitement and artistry that Marsalis and Bach Aria Soloists bring to center stage! Marsalis’ virtuosity has been enthusiastically hailed around the globe.
CAF YOUTH CAMERATA WITH TRIO BALANAS
We are honored to present an event of immense significance, as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of our young musicians. The CAF Youth Camerata stands as a testament to the profound influence of music education and the transformative power it holds in shaping the lives of our youth.
In this extraordinary occasion, we have the privilege of welcoming three distinguished artists who will not only guide but also perform alongside our talented young musicians. Joining us are Roberts and Kristine Balanas, esteemed violinists from Latvia, along with their sibling, Margarita Balanas, an accomplished conductor and cellist. Together, they will combine their expertise and passion with the youthful energy and talent of our budding musicians.
TRIO BALANAS recital
We welcome back the incredibly talented Balanas siblings from Latvia: Kristīne, Margarita, and Roberts. These three exceptional musicians are renowned for their versatility and captivating performances, making them some of the most exciting artists of their generation.
Kristīne and Margarita Balanas have swiftly risen to prominence in the classical music world, earning widespread acclaim for their distinguished artistry and captivating stage presence. Their international reputation as critically-acclaimed soloists places them at the forefront of the classical music scene.
Returning to our festival after their unforgettable performances in 2020, the Balanas siblings are joined by their brother, Roberts Balanas. Roberts is a musician with an eclectic artistry, embracing a wide range of musical interests and tearing down the boundaries between different genres.
Event sponsored by RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited and RBC Dominion Securities Global Limited