Saturday 13 May 2023, 10:30, Dutch Reformed Church, Greyton, R160
The Disa Trio, with David Bester (violin), Petrus Coetzee (viola) and David Pinoit (cello), brings to life exquisite music by Mozart and Schubert. The combination of violin, viola and cello is one that is surprisingly rare. Characteristic of both composers, the line between humour and pathos is masterfully towed.
Award-winning violinist David Bester is active as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed with the Cape Town-, KwaZulu Natal-, Gauteng Philharmonic- and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestras (ECPO) and regularly plays as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Namur and the Amici Quartet. As the Concertmaster and Artistic Director of the ECPO, David helps develop and showcase music by local composers. David is passionate about discovering new music and exploring the creative ground where styles and genres intersect.After obtaining his BMus (cum laude) and MMus (cum laude) in music performance from Stellenbosch University under Suzanne Martens, David furthered his studies in Belgium. Here, he obtained a second MMus (cum laude) from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp under the tutelage of Alissa Margulis. During his studies, David received master classes from acclaimed violinists Pavel Vernikov, Ivry Gitlis, Barnabás Kelemen, Ilya Gringolts, Priya Mtichell, Daniel Rowland, Frank Stadler, and Jan Repko. These players and pedagogues have influenced his own approach to playing and teaching. David’s studies abroad were made possible by generous grants from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, National Arts Council of South Africa, as well as the Oranje-bursary awarded by the Dutch Consulate in Antwerp in 2017. Currently the head of strings at Nelson Mandela University, David supervises postgraduate students. Through the NMUSE group, and regular workshops presented for string teachers, David has invigorated string teaching and playing in the Eastern Cape while creating opportunities for young string players to work closely alongside professional musicians. David’s PhD research focuses on embodiment and how string teachers enact embodied knowledge when they teach. David has won several Creative Output Awards for his artistic research endeavours.
David Pinoit began the cello at the age of nine in the class of Christian Wolf at the National Conservatory of the Dijon Region. After completing his Diplome d’Etudes Musicales he went to study in Lausanne, Switzerland. He obtained his Master of Arts in Music in 2014. During various courses and master classes, David also worked with Xavier Gagnepain, Roland Pidoux, Jérôme Pernoo, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Michael Kanen. David regularly performs at various festivals, including in France, Belgium, Switzerland and South Africa: Festival de Chagny, Festival Au Fil de la Vouge, Music Festival in Voûte, Pablo Casals de Prades Festival, Contemporary Concerts at Montey Castle, Musée des Montey Historical instruments of Brussels, the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All festival, Woordfees Festival in Stellenbosch, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn. David has had the opportunity to perform several times as a soloist at the Festival “Musique en Morvan”, under the baton of Pierre Cao. In 2006, he won the first prize for chamber music in the Avallon Trio Piano Competition. In 2014 after he completed his Master of Arts in Music Performance under cellist Francois Salque. David moved to Durban, South Africa and worked for the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra until September 2017. He then moved to Cape Town where he joined the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as a cellist until 2020. David is a regular chamber music performer and collaborates with artists such as Liesl Stoltz, Francois Du Toit in the Trio du Cap Classique, and Louisa Theart and Dylan Tabisher in the Mizar Trio.
Petrus Coetzee obtained a BMus in Solo Violin under Louis van der Watt and an MMus in Chamber music under Suzanne Martens, both at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter, he went to Austria to complete a Masters’ Diploma in Viola under Prof. Klaus Christa at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, and then to Germany for another MMus in Viola under Prof. Volker Jacobsen and String Quartet under Prof. Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hanover. Other acclaimed musicians and pedagogues that shaped his musical approach are Eberhardt Feltz, Barbara Westphal, Leonid Gorokov, Donald Weilerstein, Thomas Riebel, Predrag Katanic, Jan Repko and Daniel Rowland. In Hanover Petrus cultivated his love for chamber music, especially string quartet, performing at festivals such as the Heidelberger Frühling, Hitzacker Musiktage and Quartettaffairs in Frankfurt, and taking part in the semi-final round of the August Everding International String Quartett Competition. He completed a two-year orchestral internship at the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, and became a founding member of the young innovative Ensemble Reflektor, based in Hamburg. He expanded his musical reach into the operatic repertoire while working permanently as Tutti Violist for the Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester from 2015 to 2017. Other orchestras he worked with, include the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester, the Philhramonisches Orchester Bremerhaven and the Orchester Im Treppenhaus. After eight years abroad, Petrus returned to South Africa in 2018 to take up the position of Principal Violist of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). Petrus made his debut as soloist with the CPO in April 2021 in the orchestra’s Cyber Symphony Series, and again in February 2022 during the CPO’s Summer Symphony Festival. Besides the CPO, he is also a member of the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra, performs regularly with chamber groups such as the Trio Pastel and the Indida Trio. Petrus is a part-time lecturer for viola at the Stellenbosch University Konservatorium.