For the first time we have a Knowing Me, Knowing You alumni double-header — Pierre van der Westhuizen and Sophia Grobler met as fellow music students at the School of Music, marrying later and making their careers in the USA. Instrument(s) / Discipline(s): Pierre: Piano Sophia: Piano and violin Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music: Both: 1997-2000. Qualifications completed at.
An alumnus of the School of Music, Pierre van der Westhuizen, was appointed in January 2012 as the executive director of one of the most prominent classical music competitions, the Cleveland International Piano Competition. At this year’s competition in August, he had already added his own touch to the proceedings with several innovations and expansions. The Huffington Post recently rated this competition as the best of the American summer season.