(018) 299-1692 [email protected]

Date of appointment:
1 January 1995

Qualifications completed:
BMus, Hons BMus, HED, MMus (PUCHE), DMus (UP), Diploma in Church Music, UNISA Performer’s and Teacher’s Licenciates (organ).

Teaching responsibilities:
Music history, organ performance and methodology, church music, advisor for postgraduate studies.

Performance interests:
Organ and clavichord.

Research interests:
Interpretation of organ works.
Development of South African church music.

Who are/were your professional mentors/inspiration?
Jean-Claude Zehnder (Basel, Switzerland)

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Elgar — String Quartet in e minor, Opus 83
2. Arvo Pärt — Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel
3. JD Zelenka — Trio Sonatas
4. John Tavener — Ikon of light (the whole CD)
5. Mendelssohn — Songs without words

Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Live performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with orchestra by Jessye Norman in Basel, Switzerland.

Top 5 must-read books:
1. Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk
2. ‘n Ander Land by Karel Schoeman
3. Die swye van Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden
4. The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett
5. Die groot verlange (biography of Eugéne Marais) by Leon Rousseau

Favourite quote(s):
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin Luther

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. Babette’s Feast
2. Out of Africa
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
4. A river runs through it
5. Dances with Wolves

Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
NCIS, Master Chef, Inspector Morse, Amazing Race, Who wants to be a millionaire

Favourite food:
Italian: cannelloni with spinach and feta.

Favourite drink(s):
Coffee, tea and whiskey.

How do you relax?
Reading, listening to music, watching TV and DVDs, cooking and gardening.

Daleen Kruger

My darling cat, Liefie.

Which places would you still like to visit?
Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Namaqualand and West Coast.

What is the ringtone on your cell phone?
I don’t know!

What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
Holidays (just joking!)
Teaching organ.