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Contemporary South African compositions

The University Concert Hall is hosting a free concert of music by prominent South African composers at 1.10pm on Monday 8 October 2012.

Two of South Africa’s leading performers, Liesel Stoltz (flute) and Francois du Toit (piano), will play works by composers including Peter Klatzow, Paul Hanmer and Hendrik Hofmeyr.

Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Liesl Stoltz

Liesl Stoltz studied the flute since 1989 with Eva Tamassy at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1993, at the age of 16, she won a scholarship to attend an orchestra course in the USA where she was selected principal flute of the International Youth Wind Orchestra and received a special award for excellence in performance and leadership. In 1995, after master classes in Johannesburg, Shigenori Kudo offered her a scholarship to study with him at the Ecole Normale de Musique: Alfred Cortot in Paris. She also studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud at the same institution. She holds a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste in Chamber Music and a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste in Flute (both obtained with distinction).

In 1999 she obtained a B. Mus. Hons. (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and in 2000 a Performer’s Licentiate (with distinction) from the University of South Africa. Liesl studied with Peter-Lukas Graf from 1999 to 2001 at the ‘Academia Internazionale Superiore di Musica: Lorenzo Perosi’ in Biella, Italy and obtained the Superior Diploma in Virtuosity with distinction in November 2001. She had master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennett, Jean Ferrandes, Maxence Larrieux and Trevor Wye. In June 2003 she obtained the degree M. Mus. with distinction from the University of Cape Town.

Since 1993 she has won various bursaries and competitions, including the National Youth Music (Woodwinds), the French Huguenot, the ATKV-FORTE (in ’97 as Winner, Woodwinds and in ’99 as Overall Winner), the Oude Meester Music Prize, the Concours European de Musique. She received second prize in the SAMRO Music Prize competition (2000) and in the ‘Jeunesses Musicales International’ in Bucharest; she was a semi-finalist in the Budapest International flute competition (2003) and a finalist in the International Flute Competition in Italy (2005). Liesl has been principal flute in the National Youth Orchestra in South Africa and has performed as soloist with the Cape Town- and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestras and the UCT String Ensemble. She has also been heard on SABC, SAfm, Fine Music Radio, Radio France and Romanian Radio.

Liesl formed a duo with Portuguese classical guitarist Pedro Rodrigues in 2000 and they have since performed extensively in France, Italy and South Africa. In May 2001 the duo received second prize in the “Gaetano Zinetti” International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy and also the “Morelati Award for Excellence” as youngest group who participated in the final round of the competition. The duo recorded a CD in 2004 which was nominated for the GMT as well as SAMA awards in South Africa in 2005.

Francois du Toit
François du Toit
is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest pianists, chamber musicians and music educators. Receiving early musical training from Merryl Preston and diplomas up to Fellowship level from London’s Trinity College of Music, he completed an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town under the distinguished pianist and teacher, Laura Searle, and then furthered his studies in Hanover, Germany. During his period of study abroad with the renowned pedagogue Berndt Goetzke, he distinguished himself in several important international piano competitions, taking top prizes in the 1991 Hannover Music Competition, the 1992 Rotterdam and 1993 Marsala Internationals, and the 1994 International Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

He has appeared as an acclaimed concerto soloist with all the orchestras in South Africa since the age of 15, and while still a student in 1988 was selected with Steven De Groote to perform with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra on tour in the Republic of China. Since his days on the Music Faculty at the University of Potchefstroom he has been a member of The Potch Trio, which performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1999, and now also appears with Franklin Larey as the Ixopo Piano Duo. He is a sought-after partner of visiting international artists in recital for chamber music societies throughout South Africa, and a highly respected adjudicator at the various national music competitions.

An Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Cape Town where he is also Head of Chamber Music, François du Toit was invited to give masterclasses and a recital last November at the University of West Michigan, where he also acted as an external examiner