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Art Song Recital at Tauromeniumin


2011-08-11

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Art Song Recital: Minette du Toit-Pearce
(Accompanied by Pieter Grobler at the piano)
Tauromeniumin in Waterkloof, Pretoria
Saturday 13 August: 19h30
Tickets: R50,00

An art song recital by laureate mezzo-soprano Minette du Toit-Pearce, accompanied by Pieter Grobler at the piano – both from Stellenbosch – will be hosted by John Roos at his intimate concert hall, the Tauromenium in Waterkloof, Pretoria on Saturday 13 August at 19:30.

Minette, a full-time lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch,  is currently working on her Ph.D.  She recenty won the SAMRO prize for best performance of a South African composition. At the recent Woordfees  in Stellenbosch she performed in the première of “Witlig”, which won the 2011 Woordtrofee for the best classical music production.

Songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Pieter de Villiers, Arnold van Wyk,  S le Roux Marais, Samuel Barber, Peter Warlock, Gabriel Fauré and Edvard Grieg will be performed.

Minette du Toit-Pearce was born in Cape Town and began her music career at the age of seven with piano, violin and later viola lessons. She was a member of the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and sang in the choirs of D.F. Malan High School in Bellville. She received several awards for singing and viola at various local Eisteddfods.

She was a member of the Western Cape Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. Minette began singing under the tutelage of Magdalena Oosthuizen and received her B.Mus and B.Mus (Hons) degrees in singing at the University of Stellenbosch.

She completed the Unisa Teachers’ Licenciate (Cum Laude) and was awarded the D.J. Roode overseas bursary.  She has received Master Classes from, amongst others, Mimi Coertse, Angelo Gobbato and Werner Nel. During visits to Lugano, Innsbruck, Venice and Graz Minette attended Master Classes with Barbara Bonney and Michelle Crider and South African Mezzo Soprano Michelle Breedt.

Minette joined the Spier Opera Company in 2001 and toured to London to perform at Wiltons Music Hall. Upon her return she was appointed part-time lecturer in singing at the University of Stellenbosch. She has performed as a soloist with the National Chamber Orchestra, Stellenbosch University Orchestra, Tinta Barocca, the East London and Cape Town Philharmonic, Canticum Novum and the Libertas Choir.

She was declared the overall winner of the ATKV Muziq Competition in 2006, and was named first runner up in the SAMRO International Bursary Competition for Singers, where she also won the Prize for the Best Interpretation of a Prescribed Work.

She has adjudicated at the Tygerberg, Paarl Vallei, Helderberg, Kaapse Afrikaanse and East London Eisteddfods. The mezzo-soprano is regularly asked to perform as a soloist in oratoria and her repertoire includes among others Handel’s Messiah, Gloria by Vivaldi, St John’s Passion by J.S. Bach and Mozart’s Requiem.

She completed a Masters’ Degree in Singing (Cum Laude) under the guidance of Magdalena Oosthuizen in 2008 and was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University in 2009.

Minette was a finalist in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition held in London. She completed her Unisa Performance Licenciate (cum laude), was placed on the Roll of Honours and invited to participate in the Overseas Bursary Competition in Pretoria, where she won the Gertrude Buchanan Prize, which enabled her to take part in the competition in 2010. Upon her return, she won the SAMRO prize for best performance of a South African composition.

She has attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Summer School in Graz in 2009 and 2010 where she was a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition and sang with the AIMS Festival Orchestra conducted by Eduardo Müller. She has performed at KKNK, Klein Karoo Klassique, Cultivaria, Greyton Klassieke Musiekfees, Stellensbosch Woordfees, AARDKLOP Festivals and Oude Libertas Summer Season in productions such as “Bel Canto”, “Die Nag”, “Gypsy Life”, “Canciones del Sur” and “Messiah a Capella”.

The vocalist appeared at the 2010 Woordfees in the production and CD launch of “100 Jaar van die Afrikaanse Lied” which won the Woordtrofee for the best classical music production at the festival. The same production was nominated for a Kyknet Fiesta Award. At the recent Woordfees she performed in the première of “Witlig”, which won the 2011 Woordtrofee for the best classical music production.

Pianist Pieter Grobler joined the Music Department at Stellenbosch University in August 2010 as Lecturer in Piano. He worked with Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria, obtaining the  BMus and BMus Hons degrees in piano performance cum laude.

Postgraduate studies were with Joseph Banowetz at the University of North Texas in the USA, where he completed the MM and DMA piano performance degrees. During his tenure there he regularly attended lessons with the Polish pianist Adam Wodnicki.

Pieter studied vocal accompaniment with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli and Harold Heiberg.  His training was further enriched through master classes from a now very long list of artists, of which the most benificial lessons were from Leonard Hokanson, Andrzej Jasinski, Pascal Rogé and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

Pieter Grobler was the recipient of numerous scholarships from institutions in both South Africa and the USA and was awarded a teaching assistantship for the duration of his studies at the University of North Texas. He passed the UTLM with distinction in 1999 and was invited to participate in the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition, winning the prize for the best performance of a South African Composition.

During the 2003 Unisa/Vodacom National Piano Competition he was awarded the Bill van Tonder Prize. He participated in the 1999 Second China International Piano Competition in Beijing as well as the 2005 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, where he was heard on US National Public Radio (NPR) as part of the competition broadcasts.

After completion of his studies he worked for three years in Ohio where he was on the piano faculty of Heidelberg College (a private liberal arts university in the Cleveland area).  Pieter Grobler is currently coaching a studio of talented pianists from around the country and maintains an active concert schedule.     

The full programme to be performed by these experienced artists, is as follows:

1. Lied der Mignon: Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt – F. Schubert
2. Gretchen am Spinnrade – F. Schubert
3. Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42 – R. Schumann
4. Sewe Boerneefliedjies – P. de Villiers
5. Met Skemering – A. van Wyk
6. The Night – P. Warlock
7. Nocturne – G. Fauré
8. Sure on this shining night – S. Barber
9. Guten Morgen. – E. Grieg
10. Rooidag. – S. le R. Marais

The Tauromenium is situated at 330 Derrick Avenue, Waterkloof, Pretoria. Tickets are available at the door at R50.00 each.  Seats are limited, though, and it is advised that bookings be made at 072 418 1987.

  • Jan Hugo, winner of the Fourth National Unisa Competition earlier this year, will give two short piano recitals at the Tauromenium on Sunday 11 September at 11:00 and 17:00. The same programme will be performed at both recitals.