Friday 3 December 19:00
The Greyton Lodge
Trio Pastel is a Cape Town-based trio formed in 2020, combining the talents of Liesl Stoltz (flute), Jana van der Walt (harp) and Petrus Coetzee (viola). This combination of instruments was a favourite of Impressionist composers during the late 1800s and therefore most of the existing repertoire for the combination centres around music in this style. However, many transcriptions have been made for this setting over the years. The programme will include popular works by Diabelli, Lefebvre, Devienne and Jongen, as well as transcriptions of the well-known Bergamasque Suite by Debussy and “Dance of the blessed spirits” by Gluck.
LIESL STOLTZ is a Cape Town based flutist and a Yamaha South Africa artist. She holds a Bmus Honours, MMus and DMus from the University of Cape Town as well as several diplomas from the École Normale de Musique de Paris in France and the Accademia Superiore di Musica, Lorenzo Perosi in Italy. She is a performing artist and has performed with all major orchestras in South Africa and has won various awards, both locally and abroad. Liesl is an avid supporter of South African composers and received the Creative output award from the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2018 for her post-doctoral research and recordings of South African music. She acted as adjudicator and jury member on several national and international panels, as external examiner of various tertiary institutions and is a part-time lecturer at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. She is a founder member of The Rainbow Exchange NPC.
JANA VAN DER WALT’s unmistakable talent was confirmed from an early age in her receiving numerous awards, trophies and the UNISA Hennie Joubert award for harp. Jana has been playing with various youth orchestras around South Africa since the age of 14, as well as the Stellenbosch Camarata and Free State Symphony Orchestra during her studies.
She was the principal harpist of the MIAGI Orchestra with whom she had the opportunity to perform in some of the most recognisable concert halls in Europe, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Royal Palace in Stockholm. She has also performed at festivals such as the Young Euro Classic and Schleswigholstein Festival with the orchestra. Currently Jana performs on a regular basis with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and various other ensembles with acclaimed musicians.
In 2013, Jana founded harpNOTED – a successful vehicle through which she pursues solo and ensemble performances at various events. Apart from her involvement with the arts Jana is also an accomplished architect, having received her M.Arch Prof. cum laude in 2011 from the University of the Free State. She is currently a practicing architect at an award-winning firm in Cape Town.
Originally from Wellington, PETRUS COETZEE completed a Bachelor’s degree in Solo Violin and a Master’s in Chamber Music, both at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter, he left to Austria to complete a Masters’ Diploma in Viola at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, and then to Germany for an MMus in Viola and String Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hanover.
In Hanover he completed a two-year orchestral internship at the NDR Radiophilharmonie, 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, where he recently made his debut as soloist in the orchestra’s Summer Cyber Symphony Series. Besides the CPO, he is a member of the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra, the Isandi Quartet, the Trio Pastel, and the Indida Trio.