Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Piano / Violin (main subjects were Music History and Pedagogy)

Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
1987-1990

Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
BMus

Notable professional achievements:
• Several music programmes for radio.
• Adjudicator for the Oude Meester Choral Festivals.
• Adjudicator for Ghoema Awards.

Current professional position / occupation:
Music director / compiler for RSG.

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Karl Jenkins — Motet
2. Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 5 & Schumann — Fantasie, Op. 17 by Li Yundi
3. James Levine live at Carnegie Hall with the MET Orchestra
4. The Piano Guys (both CDs)
5. Karl Jenkins — The Peacemakers

Tharien with Katherine Jenkins

Tharien with Katherine Jenkins

Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Making music with my children.

Top 5 must-read books:
1. Klara by Mariëlle le Roux
2. Die Naamloses by Mariëlle le Roux
3. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
4. Franse briewe by Marita van der Vyfer
5. ‘n Engel in my huis by Riana Scheepers

Favourite quote(s):
“Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself.” — Gene Simmons

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. As it is in heaven
2. Chocolat
3. Charlotte Gray
4. The Notebook
5. Frozen

Favourite food:
It changes; nothing specifically.

Favourite drink(s):
Red wine

How do you relax?
Being with my husband and children.

Tharien Oosthuizen

Family (spouse / children):
Marius, my husband, and our two children, Mart-Leen (11) and Cara (7).

Which places would you still like to visit?
French countryside

What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
I climbed out of the window in lecture hall 122 [before burglar bars had been installed] to see what the students were doing at the swimming pool. My class mates closed the window as Prof Fanie Jooste entered and started lecturing. I was stranded outside on the window sill …