Classical music lovers recently thronged Maitisong, filling it to capacity in an intimate session to experience firsthand the performance of legendary pianist Alexis Golovin.
Taking the stage before Golovin’s performance, the Ambassador of France to Botswana, Genevieve Iancu, said that it was an honour and privilege to welcome an international pianist such as maestro Alexis Golovin.
She said she was grateful that Golovin could extend his Southern Africa tour to Botswana after touring Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Iancu said that she was honoured by Golovin’s presence before he continues on his tour to South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
She thanked Alliance Fran├ºoise networks throughout the region for enabling Golovin to perform in not less than 10 countries during his tour.
Starting his performance, Russian-born Golovin started with slow melodies that seemed to have taken the audience into a trance like state. After performing his first number, which lasted for over 5 minutes, the highly coordinated Golovin stood up to an ovation from the audience who could not stop clapping.
He then took his seat and continued to deliver relaxing ballads for close to half an hour and eventually took a break.
Coming back refreshed, Golovan played his second set, which was much more melodic than the first one. He carried on and performed with so much passion, swaying from side to side on his chair as he experimented playing with different notes on the piano.
After close to two hours, Golovin received his last ovation but took back to the piano, stating that he was signing off, which he did in style with his last signature performance.
Golovin, who began playing the piano at the age of five, has won various international classical music prizes and performed at prestigious international festivals.
He now dedicates much of his time to teaching.