Knowing Me, Knowing You — Dr Truida van der Walt
Date of appointment:
It’s so long ago that it has to stay a secret!
A doctoral degree.
I teach piano and piano pedagogy, and do much accompaniment of students.
I prefer collaborative playing (singers and instrumentalists).
Piano technique and interpretation, and all aspects of practising.
Who are/were your professional mentors/inspiration?
Adolph Hallis and Frank Heneghan
Top 5 must-hear music:
I am at the moment enjoying some spectacular voices, such as
1. Mel Tormé
2. Michael Bublé
3. Dionne Warwick
4. Luther Vandross
5. Sylvia McNair
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
All those in which I could enjoy some transcendental music-making with fellow musicians, on stage or off.
Top 5 must-read books:
1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2. Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
3. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
4. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
5. Exodus by Leon Uris
There are of course many quotes which are meaningful to me, but the two which I remember best are the Japanese proverb of Fall seven times, stand up eight. And the one by John Croyle: The greatest teacher is not experience; it is example.
Top 5 must-see movies:
1. As good as it gets
2. Life of Pi
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. The Pianist
5. Forrest Gump
Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
I love to watch ballroom dancing in Strictly come dancing on BBC.
Sweet things (I have a sweet tooth).
How do you relax?
By walking outside for an hour every day.
Family (spouse / children):
My two sons who give meaning to my life, as well as my dogs, which are also part of the family!
Which places would you still like to visit?
Spain, Portugal and maybe New York.
What is the ringtone on your cell phone?
I can’t remember, it’s something electronic and irritating.
What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
I enjoy all the moments in which I hear that my students are making progress.