Elsabé Raath has recently been appointed as the new conductor of the celebrated Odeion School of Music Camerta (OSMC).
Raath has been serving as string clinician for the OSMC since 2017. She made her professional debut as conductor with the OSMC last year when she conducted O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen for the OSMC ‘s participation at the second ICTUS International Music Competition (an international, online music competition open to wind bands, orchestras, and solo trumpet).
She is following in the footsteps of Xavier Cloete, who served as the principal conductor of the OSMC from 2014 to 2018.
Raath has graduated with both a Master’s Degree (2015) and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma (2017) in viola performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom, where she studied under the main tutelage of Dr Louise Lansdown. She also holds a Bachelor Degree (2010) as well as an Honours Degree (2012) in viola performance from the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, South Africa.
Raath is an experienced chamber musician. She was a member of numerous chamber groups in both South Africa and the United Kingdom, among which, the Beorma String Quartet – first prize winning String Quartet at the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition 2016 (Birmingham, United Kingdom). She was also a member of a piano trio with Michael Webb (clarinet) and Yenting Wang (piano) who qualified for the final rounds of various competitions, such as the Leamington Prize and the Town Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prizes 2015 (Birmingham, United Kingdom).
As chamber musician Raath further had opportunities to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, such as the Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom (Pro Corda Chamber Music Series) and the Mosterio de Sao Bento da Vitoria, Porto, Portugal (42nd International Viola Congress).
As soloist she has performed with various orchestras such as the Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra (United Kingdom), Thallein Ensemble (Belgium) and the Free State Symphony Orchestra (South Africa). She holds numerous awards from various institutions, such as the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and South African Quartet of Peace monetary awards.
Raath will conduct her first concert with the OSMC during the annual OSM gala concert, which will take place on 4 April at the Odeion.