Festival Staff – GCMF V admin
The Fifth Gauteng Chamber Music Festival – Dec 2019
Professor Réka Szilvay
Finnish born violinist Réka Szilvay, with Austrian-Hungarian roots, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. She appeared as soloist with all major Finnish orchestras as well as with the London Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, the Tonkünstler Orchestra Austria, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in the most prestigious concert halls, including Musikverein Wien, Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Tokyo Suntory Hall, National Concert Hall Taipei, Symphony Hall Birmingham, London Barbican Concert Hall, Kölner Philharmonie and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. As a chamber musician she has performed in Konzerthaus Wien, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris, Megaron Concert Hall Athens and Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels.
Among the radio stations, which have broadcast Réka Szilvays performances are the BBC, Radio France, Arte TV France, the Austrian ORF, the Finnish YLE and the Hungarian MRT. Her debut CD “The 7 Seasons” (Warner Records) received enthusiastic reviews and response, and her recital record “The Roaring Twenties” (Alba Records) was similarly praised by the international media.
Since 2006 Réka Szilvay has been Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy/University of the Arts Helsinki. Apart from giving violin master classes, she engages in the important issue of ergonomy in violin playing in workshops and demonstrations.
Zanta Hofmeyr graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. After her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weil recital hall), she returned to South Africa in 1985. Zanta teaches violin in Johannesburg and at the University of Pretoria. She often acts as string coach for youth orchestras and has been on the faculty of chamber music festivals in the USA and Stellenbosch, SA. She performs regularly as soloist with symphony orchestras in South Africa and was lauded for her performances of the Britten, Beethoven and Bruch concerti. In 2016 she performed the 10 Beethoven sonatas with Bulgarian pianist Ilia Radoslavov touring SA and the US. She has several recordings with different artists and has just released a new CD of French violin sonatas.
Johanna Roos is an inspirational violinist, chamber musician and teacher – many of her students are excelling as violinists and teachers. In South Africa, she obtained her BMus, BMus Hons and MMus cum laude at UP. She has a private teaching studio and has lectured part-time at the University of Pretoria since 2005. Johanna has adjudicated numerous Festivals and Eisteddfods, including the Final of the ATKV Muziq 2016 competition and Free State Arts Festival (Strings).
As a student, she toured Canada, Belgium and Germany with the Jeunesse Musicales World Symphony Orchestra 94/95 and to Moscow with SANYO 1998. After winning the string category of the ATKV Forte Competition in 1995, she was awarded a SAMRO scholarship and won the Overseas Scholarship Competition (Nina Barry and DJ Roode) from UNISA. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music (London) with an Associated Board Scholarship and obtained the Postgraduate Diploma (Solo- and Ensemble Recitalist) cum laude, under the tutelage of Natalia Boyarsky.
In the UK, she worked as Assistant Violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was an artist for Music in Hospitals, performing with Elena Nalimova and as soloist (Dvorak Violin Concerto) with the Southbank Sinfonia. Johanna participated in Géza Szilvay’s Colourstrings Workshops in London in 2002-2003 and it still has a profound impact on her approach as pedagogue. In South Africa, she played ad hock for the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and has performed concerti with many orchestras- most recently the Mendelssohn Concerto with the GPO. In SA she has collaborated with artists such as Wim Viljoen, Abri Jordaan, Pieter Jacobs, Charl du Plessis, Ockie Vermeulen, Anzél Gerber and Leatitia Orlandi. She recorded the CD Violin Expressions with Annalien Ball.
Johanna is a passionate chamber musician and has given numerous concerts as leader of the string quartet Evolution of 4. The quartet has collaborated with many South African musicians and has performed at La Motte and at the KKNK Classique. Together with Sue Cock they have given a series of performances: “Up close and personal” following the development and evolution of the string quartet through the ages. A personal highlight of 2017 was a performance with cellist and daughter Nitha Roos at the 90-year Birthday celebration concert of composer Chris Lamprecht.
Johanna is the Festival Director of the Gauteng Chamber Music Festival. The Fifth Festival will be held at Midstream College in December 2019.
Camelia Onea is the Concert Master of Johannesburg Festival Orchestra (www.jfo.co.za) and performs regular chamber music concerts with Gloriosa Trio, Festival String Quartet, Cosmos Piano Quartet, violin-piano recitals and violin solo works with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. She also loves teaching violin at Pretoria Boys High, Die Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool and Midstream College.
Camelia was born in Bucharest, Romania, where she completed her studies under well-known Romanian violinist Professor Mihai Constantinescu. Prof Constantinescu was part of George Enescu’s class which included elite performers such Ferras, Schering, Menuhin, and Grumiaux.
Camelia made numerous solo recordings for Classic FM and is a frequent guest on the Classic FM radio station. She recorded violin solos for South African TV Series Productions for MNET, “The Feast of the Uninvited”, “Hartland” and SA blockbuster movie “Liefling”. She led the Orchestra for shows such as Lion King, Crazy For You, Phantom of the Opera and many more. The latest production, Camelia was the Leader for all productions of Swan Lake with the St. Petersburg Ballet Company at Monte Casino’s Teatro. Camelia will be the Concert Master for the 2019 Andrea Bocelli and the Helmut Lotti’s 2019 comeback concert and for the 2020 St.Petersburg Ballet Swan Lake.
Camelia has worked and played on stage with international stars such as Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Luciano Pavarotti, Katherine Jenkins and Josh Groban. Recordings and video films from various concerts of Camelia Onea are available on YouTube under Camelia Onea Violin.
Carin Jansen van Vuuren
Carin was ‘n student at Pro Arte Alphen Park from 2004 to 2008. She completed her Bachelors degree in Music at the University of Pretoria in 2012 and aquired her M Mus degree in Music Performance under Zanta Hofmeyr. She has been teaching violin for the past seven years.
While at Pro Arte and the university, she recieved the Ellie Marx bursary in 2008, 2010 and 2013 (SA Music Teachers Association). She passed her Royal Schools Gr 8 Violin exam with distinction in 2008 and completed the Royal Schools diploma exam (DipAbrsm) in 2013.
In 2010 she received a distinction for her Gr 8 Unisa violin exam and was invited to take part in the Unisa music bursary competition. At the gala evening she recieved the Jennie Pereira prize for the best string player as well as the Du Toit-van Tonder bursary. During her studies (2009 – 2011) she took violin methodology classes and received masterclasses from Jan Repko, Can Gao, Suzanne Martens, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Johanna Roos en Irene Tsoniff.
Since 2011, she was involved in productions presented at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, performing in small ensembles as well as becoming a member of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra (2014), sometimes standing in as concertmaster. In March 2016 she completed her Masters degree in Music Performance (cum laude).
She is currently teaching violin at Midstream Ridge Primary while performing in monthly productions at the Brooklyn Theatre. She also enjoys performing with the Pretoria Bach choir and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra each year. She is currently the first violin of the Serendipity Quartet based in Pretoria (2015).
Ané van Staden
Ané van Staden (neé du Toit) obtained her MMus (cum laude) in Violin Performance from the University of Pretoria in 2015. Since 2008, Ané has been active as chamber musician and soloist.
During her years of study she had lessons with Johanna Roos and Irene Tsoniff, and was awarded numerous prizes such as the prestigious DJ Roode Overseas Scholarship for Teachers at the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition in 2010, and the Jennie Perreira Prize for Strings and the Overall Second Prize at the UNISA South African Scholarship Competition in 2009. This enabled her to further her musical education in the UK where she had lessons with Natalia Lomeiko and Corina Belcea. Ané was also awarded a Pretorium trust Bursary in 2008 and 2010. In 2009 she was selected to participate in the UNISA National String Competition and chosen as a concert master of the Miagi Orchestra. Between 2009 and 2014, she toured Europe with Miagi performing at festivals such as the Young Euro Classic Festival, Schleswig-holstein Festival and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. She also appeared as soloist with Miagi in 2012.
Ané is a founding member of the Evolution of 4 String Quartet and performs with them throughout the country since 2012. Ané was appointed as the concertmaster of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 and often appeared with them as soloist. In 2016, Ané was invited to spend a month as a guest post graduate student at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She shares her passion for the violin through teaching and maintains a private violin studio. She also performs with the JPO, JMI and other South African orchetras on a freelance basis. Ané was appointed as head of Assistant Director of the Gauteng Chamber Music Festival in 2016.
Siobhan Lloyd-Jones is a versatile violinist. She plays a wide variety of styles including folk, jazz and classical music. She has her diploma in classical violin performance as well as a Btech degree in jazz training. Siobhan has attended jazz workshops and recieved master classes from world renowned jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis. She has also played with numerous orchestras and travelled with the MIAGI youth orchestra to Europe a couple of times. She is currently a member of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra and performs in a string quartet called AVO. Siobhan is a jazz lecturer at TUT and is involved in ensemble instruction and individual jazz lessons. Siobhan also sings and writes songs in her spare time for a band called FOXTROT.
Mia Björkman-Sun is currently employed as full-time Tutti violinist in the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, where she often doubles as acting principal or co-principal second violin.
Mia completed her B.MUS (Hons.) cum laude in 2011 at the University of Pretoria where she studied under Johanna Roos, and received her UNISA Teacher’s Licentiate with distinction in the same year. She obtained a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Stellenbosch (studying under Suzanne Martens), where she was the first violinist of the University of Stellenbosch String Quartet as well as the concert master of the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra (2012-2013). She received cum laude for all three of her Master’s performance exams, as well as her thesis, which was entitled ‘Teaching violin holistically: toward a deeper understanding of the Colourstrings violin approach’. During her tenure as leader of the University of Stellenbosch String Quartet, the quartet was named the Over-all Winner in the Stellenbosch National Ensemble Competition (2013). The quartet regularly performed with South Africa’s foremost quartets the Amici and Odeion quartets, as well as the renowned Arianna Quartet (USA), and held acclaimed performances at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (2012) and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe, 2013).
As a student she had master classes with well-known violinists Daniel Rowland, Jan Repko, Natalia Lomeiko and Frank Stadler, amongst others, and played first violin in prominent youth orchestras – undertaking tours to Germany (MIAGI 2009), Spain (The World Orchestra 2013), and Lebanon (The World Orchestra 2015).
Mia has experience in teaching pupils of all ages, and her interest in teaching has led to her attendance of various music education courses to deepen her knowledge of teaching. Most recently, she was one of the first South Africans to attend the Colourstrings violin teacher training Level 1 (2016) and Level 2 (2017) courses in Helsinki, Finland, with renowned pedagogues Géza Szilvay and Yvonne Frye. Mia has a keen interest in the various aspects of music, including chamber, orchestral and solo performance and is passionate about developing enthusiasm for music in young people by means of teaching.
Aimée Blom (née Porter) completed her BMus studies cum laude at the University of Pretoria, and was awarded the Medal of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal as the overall top achiever in the Faculty of Humanities in 2017. She is currently enrolled for the MMus degree at the University of Pretoria, specialising in violin performance under the guidance of Johanna Roos.
She has received multiple bursaries and scholarships, including the Ellie Marx Memorial Scholarship, David Reunert Bursary, SAMRO Music Bursaries as well as a UP Postgraduate Masters Research Bursary. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, Aimée completed the DipABRSM and LRSM examinations in violin performance, and obtained both with distinction.
Aimée has taken violin masterclasses with, inter alia, Zanta Hofmeyr (South Africa), Antoinette Lohmann (Netherlands), Daniel Rowland (England), Alissa Margulis (Germany), Madeline Adkins (USA), Nicolas Dautricourt (France), Louise Lansdowne (England), and Fredrik Burstedt (Sweden).
Since March 2019, Aimée has been concertmaster of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also concertmaster of the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and 2015.
Aimée is an active chamber musician and is a member of the established piano trio, Les Trois, which was awarded first prize in the open category of the National SASMT Pretoria Ensemble Competition in 2018. She also plays the viola as third instrument in chamber music groups.
Aimée currently teaches violin part-time at Pro Arte Alphen Park Music Academy, as well as Laerskool Anton van Wouw in Pretoria.
Kate White has been playing viola since 2000. In 2004 she was the leader of the South African National Youth Orchestra viola section, and in 2006 she toured to Bonn, Germany for the Beethoven Festival with the same orchestra. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, she performed Mozart’s Simfonia Concertante and Telemann’s Concerto in G with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa on numerous occasions, including at the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunsfees (KKNK). After completing her BMus with distinction in 2007 from the University of Pretoria, Kate was awarded the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Overseas Scholarship, which allowed her to pursue her postgraduate studies under Dr Louise Lansdown at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2010 she completed her PGDip in viola performace, as well as the ABRSM Fellowship with distinction. Kate has freelanced with numerous South African orchestras, including the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the South African Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Johannesburg Music Initiative. She has had masterclasses with numerous violists, including Thomas Riebl, Peter Langgartner, Marco van Pagee, Klaus Christa, Susan du Bois, Esther Haffner and Ilse Wincor. Kate has also performed in many prestigious concerts halls, including Berliner Philharmonie, Berliner Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Wigmore Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Bozar (Brussels).
Jessica Bailey was born in Johannesburg in 1960. She began studying the cello with Betty Pack at the age of seven. After matriculating she was invited to study with Pierre Fournier in Geneva. Thereafter she studied at the Royal College of Music in London.
Returning to South Africa she worked with the SABC orchestra. From early childhood Jessica loved drawing. Although never studying art beyond high school, she continued drawing and developing a personal style and vision. At the age of twenty-one she started illustrating for AD Donker Publishers. She has published three children’s books, two locally and one also in the UK.
In 1981 she exhibited at the Goodman Gallery and in 1982 she had a solo exhibition at the Carriage House Gallery in Johannesburg and a joint exhibition at the Carriage House Gallery in 1983.
In 1984 She returned to Geneva and then to London to further her music studies.
Jessica has had two joint exhibitions with her husband John Clarke at The Skukan Gallery.
Jessica is currently teaching cello and performing. She is the cellist in the string quartet Evolution of 4, while continuing to produce art work.
Born in Bulgaria
Studied at Varna high school for music.
Studied and graduated at Bulgarian National Academy of Music with BMus.
Worked at Sofia National Philharmonic orchestra as co-principal cello.
In 1991 immigrated to SA and worked as Principal cellist at PACT until 2000.
Played in different orchestras including JPO, JFO and GPO.
Played in various chamber ensembles.
Teach at the Art Academy, ProArte School in Pretoria since 2002.
Recently released a CD with cello music which is broadcasted often on Classic FM.
Laetitia van Wyk
Laetitia started with piano at the age of 6 and cello at the age of 8, excelling in music exams and eisteddfods. Relocating to Pretoria with her family Laetitia continued her cello studies in 2009 under the tutelage of dr Anzél Gerber, and piano with prof Joseph Stanford. In 2011 she commenced her music studies at the University of Pretoria and completed her BMus cum laude in 2014. After being awarded a scholarship from the Birmingham Concervatoire and with the help of a generous grant from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fund she was able to commence her MMus studies in England in September 2015. Over the course of these two years abroad she dedicated a big part of her studies teaching cello in and around Birmingham and working for the Birmingham Music Service. She was also member of the Lobkowitcz string quartet who performed across the UK. In September 2017 she returned to South Africa having completed her MMus with distinction in cello performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017, under the tutelage of Catherine Ardagh-Walter.
Laetitia has performed as soloist with the Simfonia Juventi, Rand Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 she was hand-picked to perform the complete Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no 1 in A minor as soloist with the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra as part of the prestigous farewell concert for prof Eric Rycroft. Laetitia has been principal cellist in several orchestras, including the South African National Youth Orchestra, MIAGI, the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she toured nationally as a member of SANYO under the baton of the world renowned Sir Roger Norrington alongside the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. In July 2014 Laetitia participated in a European tour as a member of Miagi and the leader of the cello section where they performed in highly acclaimed concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Beside being passionate about classical music, Laetitia enjoys playing various different styles of music. Laetitia currently teaches cello and piano, and she performs on an ad hoc basis for JPO, JFO and other orchestras in Gauteng.
Nico Kruger was born and grew up in Bloemfontein. He studied at the University of the Free State where he obtained the degrees of B.Mus.ed and B.Mus. Hons. He studied the double bass with Wolfgang Nitsch, Yuri Frolov and Lodovico Gabanella. In recent months Nico attended the “What it takes -Double Bass” courses presented by the SA National Youth orchestra. There he attended masterclasses given by amongst others, double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch and Tony Alcock, principal double bass of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Nico moved to Johannesburg in 1991. He was a member of the NSO until its closure. Since then he has been a freelance musician around Gauteng. As an orchestral musician he performs mostly with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Nico also performed as solo double bass in musical theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and The Sound of Music. He teaches double bass at St. John’s College and at Pridwin School. He is a qualified chef and he runs a small catering company, Nico se Kombuis, with his wife, Debbie Kruger. Nico and Debbie have 2 children.
Nico plays on a Hawkes Concert double bass that was made in 1903.
Marnus grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and started his first organ studies in Pretoria, in 2009. He received the top prizes in the National organ competitions of SAKOV (Southern African Church Organist Society) for five consecutive years from 2011. In 2012, he completed a Teacher’s Licentiate in piano, was accompanist to the TUKS Camerata (Pretoria University Choir), and won the Pretorium Trust bursary competition. Marnus went on to win the organ category of the prestigious ATKV Muziq competition in 2015, and was a prize-winning finalist in the overall round of the 2016 competition. He completed a BMus Honours degree cum laude at the University of Pretoria under the supervision of his organ professor, Wim Viljoen.
Marnus has frequently performed with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Gauteng Philharmonic, Apple Green Orchestra, Johannesburg Bach Choir and Chanticleer Singers. His performances with choirs – as solo organ accompanist – include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Great Mass in c minor, Händel’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Big performances with choirs and orchestras include Faure’s Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s Magnificat, and Van Dijk’s San Gloria as part of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. A recent highlight was a performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in St Albans Cathedral, England.
Marnus has taught at the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Johannesburg, worked as accompanist for the Johannesburg Bach Choir and the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa. He has worked closely with some of the top musicians in South Africa, and also been involved in premiering – on the continent – works by composers such as Jan Dismas Zelenka.
While completing a Master of Music degree in 2017 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, he performed with the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Buxtehude Ensemble, and gave other recitals in the colleges of Trinity, Clare, Downing, Selwyn, St Catherine’s and Jesus. He was also Graduate Organ Scholar at Downing College, working closely with the esteemed Christopher Robinson. During his time in the UK, Marnus has toured with Cambridge choirs to Lithuania and Wales, and recently to Sweden with the Abbey Girls Choir of St Albans Cathedral where he was also organist. Having now returned to South Africa, he has been appointed Director of Music at St George’s Church in Parktown, accompanist to The Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the newly established Studio Chorale in Pretoria.
Marti Björkman has been a university mathematics lecturer since 1986 and has always had various fields of interest. She holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics, and completed her Narrative Therapy Training as a counsellor in 2001, and is also a qualified Parent Effectiveness Training instructor. She holds a Teacher’s Licentiate in Piano and has been an active musician in various capacities for many years. She is an avid accompanist and piano teacher, and has taught private piano and theory lessons since 1972. She coached the Orff Ensemble and taught piano at the Randburg Hoërskool Musieksentrum during 1981- 1982 and consequently became the high school class music teacher and choir conductor at the Michael Mount Waldorf School (Bryanston) from 1983 – 1990. Marti was official church organist at the Church of Lazarus (Randburg) from 1983 – 2014. In recent years she has discovered an interest in the Colourstrings approach to music teaching, and has completed both the Colourstrings Kindergarten (level 1 & 2) and Colourkeys (level 1) courses. She recently attended a five day training course in the Kodaly approach to music education.
Eulandri Venter (26), born and raised in Pretoria, is an aspiring soprano who received tutelage from Dr Hanli Stapela. During 2011 she completed her UNISA grade 8 piano examination and continued to study BMus in 2012 with the aim of pursuing a career in classical singing. Eulandri obtained her BMus in vocal performance (cum laude) in 2015 and her MMus in performing arts (cum laude) in 2018 from the University of Pretoria where she was awarded academic honorary colours in 2019.
She began her tuition in voice with Dr Stapela in 2012. Since then she has performed as a soloist at numerous events, a few of which include annual UP School of the Arts student concerts (2014–2019) and singing productions (2017–2019), private functions such as the Korean National Day (2015), the prestigious annual Principal’s Concert (2016) and EBIT faculty concert (2019).
During the past seven years Eulandri has participated in numerous masterclasses taught by Nico de Villiers, Kobie van Rensburg, Albie van Schalkwyk, as well as Robin Phillips. She has also competed in the Philip H. Moore Music Competition (2015 & 2018) and the Javett Music Award competition (2018).
Eulandri is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has received the UP achievement award annually from 2012 to 2015, the SAMRO music bursary in 2013 and the UP Postgraduate Masters Research Bursary from 2016 to 2017.
Currently, Eulandri is a part-time lecturer in classical voice and methodology as well as a supervisor for fourth year research proposals at the University of Pretoria. She endeavours to pursue a career in classical singing while continuing with research in vocal pedagogy and related fields.