Barry Millington, Evening Standard
Evening Standard, 29th April 2013 – Elizabeth Connell Memorial Concert,
St John’s Smith Square
” . . . there was some fine piano playing . . .
an exquisite Schubert’s G flat Impromptu by Tessa Uys . . .”
3 August 2015 at 1.00pm
Opening concert of St Lawrence Jewry August Music Festival St Lawrence Jewry, Gresham St. EC2 Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman in a performance of Beethoven – Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 (“Choral”) transcribed for piano duet by Xaver Scharwenka (1850 – 1924)
10 August 2015 at 1.00pm
as part of St Lawrence Jewry August Music Festival St Lawrence Jewry, Gresham St. EC2 The Brookfield Musicroom Players Tessa Uys (piano), Hazel Cropper (oboe), Helen Pierce (clarinet) Andrew Watson (bassoon), Stephen Nicholls (horn) Beethoven Quintet in E flat major Op.16 Mozart Quintet in E flat major K452
The distinguished concert pianist, Tessa Uys, was born in Cape Town and made her concert debut, aged 13, with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Gordon Green, she was the recipient there of the MacFarren Medal. Two periods of intensive study followed: the first under Maria Curcio and the second at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Returning to England, she won the Royal Overseas League Competition and subsequently took up permanent residence in London, where she still lives.
During the past decades, Tessa Uys has established for herself an impressive reputation, both as a concert performer and as a broadcasting artiste, performing at many of the major concert venues in the world. She has built up an extensive repertoire, including concertos ranging from Bach to Brahms, Chopin to de Falla and Rachmaninov to Barber. Her solo piano recital repertoire is formidable, embracing the music and styles of all periods. Tessa Uys has become particularly noted for her interpretations of Schumann and Bach. Among her recordings for BBC Radio 3, she made the first broadcast recording of the ‘seldom heard’ Godowsky transcriptions of Twelve Schubert songs. More recently, to mark the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death in the year 2000, she recorded the Goldberg Variations released as a double CD by GSE Claremont Records, and subsequently toured this virtuoso work both in Britain and abroad, to great acclaim.
Tessa Uys has played under such distinguished conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Walter Susskind, Janos Furst, Louis Fremaux and Nicholas Kraemer. She has also had the unusual privilege of working with the film producer, John Schlesinger in his film, ‘Madame Sousatzka’. In 1994, she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In recent years she has regularly given recitals in the City of London and at the Wigmore Hall.
Tessa Uys is also in demand as an adjudicator, teacher and examiner and was recently on the jury of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.