Music lovers will be treated to an exciting evening when two outstanding musicians, Anmari van der Westhuizen and Anneke Lamont from the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State, will be performing at the Geloofsentrum, Universitas (12 Strauss Street, Universitas), at 19:30 on 6 May.
Anmari is a cellist of the Odeion String Quartet and also the head of the Odeion String Quartet Department. She graduated her BMusHons cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch and she obtained her PhD in Music Performance from the University of Pretoria and in 2013.
She has visited Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Zambia and Zimbabwe where she performed as a chamber musician.
According to the University of the Free State’s website, she was invited by the Austrian Composers’ Union to Vienna, Austria in 2007 to give a solo recital of contemporary solo cello works.
She has also won quite a few competitions in her life, like the ATKV Forte Competition, the SABC Competition and the Oude Meester Competition.
Anneke became head of Piano Studies of the Odeion School of Music in 2018. According to the press release by OSM and the UFS, Anneke has been taught by many people in her career, the first being Josias van der Merwe, who was followed Lamar Crowson, Joseph Stanford, Albie van Schalkwyk and Madeleine Buffler.
She was also mentored by Arie Vardi in Hannover, Germany after she had won the UNISA Overseas scholarship to continue her studies. She was part of the UNISA International Piano competition’s screening panel in 2008 and served as a jury member for the ATKV competition. Over the years she has made several recordings with various artists and has performed on national and international stages.
The two musicians will be performing works by composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and David Popper. There are limited tickets (250) available which can be purchased for R75 at Computicket, or attendees can pay at the door.