World course for Bfn concert master

Joas Erasmus

A huge honour and excellent opportunity has been bestowed upon a young violinist from the City of Roses.

OSM Camerata concert master, Joas Erasmus, received a scholarship from the Interlochen Foundation to participate in the 2019 Interlochen youth orchestra course in Michigan in the United States.

According to a press statement by die Odeion School of Music Camerata this residency will take place at the Interlochen Centre of the Arts, located in lower Michigan from 22 June to 5 August 2019. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities.

“During this period, acclaimed conductors and guest musicians will mentor young musicians with intensive orchestral tuition. Conductors will include Cristian Macelaru, Mei-Ann Chen, JoAnn Falletta and Erik Nielsen. Leslie B. Dunner, who needs no introduction to South African audiences, will also form part of the team.

World-renowned violinist Midori will serve as soloist during a concert under the baton of Maestra Mei-Ann Chen from China. Apart from intensive sectional rehearsals, orchestral members will receive individual tuition from a handpicked selection of top-notch musicians. During the course, candidates will audition again for placements in either the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra or the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra,” reads the statement.

Erasmus is studying under the tutelage of respected Bloemfontein string pedagogue, Francois Henkins, and was recently appointed as the concert master of the OSM Camerata for the 2019 season.

In 2018 he was the recipient of the Michael Masote Prize for the most promising string player during the National Youth Music Competition in Cape Town. Joas was twice laureate of the Grahamstown National Music Competition (string category) and finalist of the string section during the 2017 Il Vento National Music Competition, which is presented annually in Pretoria. – Pieter Delport