PIANO TRIOS FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA

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Three colleagues from the School of Music collaborate in a performance of two of the most beautiful trio’s from the classical era.

Tickets are available at R80/R50 at the Conservatory in Thabo Mbeki Drive (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK-Kunste at the Heimat building (F9) on campus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Bookshop on the Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), online at www.artema.co.za and www.facebook.com/NWU.Music, or 30 minutes before the concert at the ticket office.

Drie kollegas van die Skool vir Musiek te sie in hierdie uitvoering van twee van die mooiste trio’s uit die klassieke era.

Kaartjies teen R80/R50 is beskikbaar by die Konservatorium in Thabo Mbeki-weg (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK-Kunste in die Heimatgebou (F9) op die universiteitskampus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Boekwinkel op die Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), aanlyn by www.artema.co.za en www.facebook.com/NWU.Music, of 30 minute voor die konsert by die loket.

TRUIDA OLIVER (Piano)

Truida is a well-known accompanist and chamber music player. She is currently a senior lecturer in piano at the Northwest University, Potchefstroom. Following up on her piano studies with Adolph Hallis in Johannesburg, South Africa, she studied in Vienna, Austria during 1979/80 with Walter Panhofer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. She also received masterclasses from distinguished accompanists such as Dalton Baldwin and Erik Werba. Further masterclasses were with Lamar Crowson (Cape Town), Carlo Zecchi (Italy), Bryce Morrison (UK) and Frank Heneghan (Ireland). Her special interest lies with singers, but she is also nationally known for her participation in chamber music groups.

In her capacity as accompanist of both singers and instrumentalists she was regularly invited by the provincial arts councils to accompany visiting overseas artists and has played for numerous winners of competitions such as Forte, Oude Meester, SAMRO and UNISA. She was also one of the official accompanists at the International Voice and String Competitions in Pretoria. She regularly acts as examiner for UNISA and was invited to adjudicate at the first UNISA National Piano Competition in 2003.

Truida has concertized and recorded for radio and television with many prominent musicians, including Kobie van Rensburg, André Howard, Sally du Randt, Manuel Escorcio, Werner Nel, Rina Hugo, Zanta Hofmeyr, Piet Koornhof, Human Coetzee and Fanie Jooste.

Many of her students have excelled both nationally and internationally. Some of her piano students have played with all the different national orchestras in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. In 2002 and 2004 she was one of the official accompanists at the New Orleans Concerto Competition for university students in the USA, where her pupil was runner-up. In 2007 she concertized with the South African singers Jacques le Roux and Erica Eloff in the Netherlands and in England. From 2008-2016 she was invited bi-annually to represent the NWU at the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium as teacher and as performer. For five consecutive years she also acted as adjudicator at the Phillip Moore Competition in Johannesburg. She completed a doctoral degree in collaborative playing at Pretoria University in 2014.

PIET KOORNHOF (Violin)

Piet Koornhof speel viool en probeer, meestal tevergeefs, om ander te leer by die Noordwes Universiteit in Potchefstroom. Hy doen dit al vir so lank dat sy een skouer hoër is as die ander een en sy gesig ‘n permanente grynslag dra.

Hy was bevoorreg om by een van die beste vioolonderwysers in die geskiedenis te studeer, professor Dorothy DeLay by die Juilliard Skool vir Musiek in New York, VSA, maar weens sy tienerstreke het hy minder geleer as wat hy moes.

Sy groot musikale liefde is kamermusiek wat hy gereeld saam met kollegas hier pleeg, en soms saam met kollegas oorsee. Hy worstel met ‘n patologiese obsessie met sweef en lees, alhoewel hy byna nooit daarvoor tyd kry nie. Hy speel ook graag muurbal saam met sy seuns, gewoonlik aan die verloorkant.

O ja, hy het ‘n DMus-graad in musiekuitvoering van die instansie waar hy diens doen as mede-professor.

Piet Koornhof plays the violin and tries mostly in vain to teach others at North West University in Potchefstroom. He has been doing it for so long that his left shoulder is higher than the other one and his face carries a permanent grimace.

He was fortunate to study with one of the greatest violin teachers in history, Professor Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School in New York, USA, but as a confused teenager he learned much less than he should have.

His great musical love is for chamber music, which he often plays with colleagues locally, and sometimes with friends overseas. He is pathologically obsessed with gliding and reading, even though he hardly ever has time for it. He greatly enjoys playing squash with his sons, mostly on the losing side.
Oh, yes, he has a DMus degree in musical performance from the institution where he serves as associate professor.

HUMAN COETZEE (Cello)

Human Coetzee began playing the cello at the age of six. His first teacher was Betty Pack, and later Marian Lewin. His other teachers included Heilke Bultmann in Marburg, Germany, and Dalena Roux in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Leaving Potchefstroom after completing his schooling, he entered the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf in 1978, where he continued his studies under the tutelage of Angelica May, a pupil of Pablo Casals. He participated in master classes by Pierre Fournier, Johannes Goritzky and Boris Pergamenshikov. On his return to South Africa in 1981, he enrolled at Stellenbosch University, where he graduated in 1983 with an Honours BMus degree. He then completed his MMus and DMus studies at North-West University in Potchefstroom.

Human has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras. Apart from his many performances as soloist, he regularly participates in various chamber music ensembles. During his career Human has won several awards, including a special prize in 1988 at the Unisa International String Competition in Pretoria. Since 1990, Human has been teaching at the School of Music of North-West University in Potchefstroom.

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