Saturday 30 May - 15:00
Moravian Church Greyton
Composer Dr Anthony Costandius introduces audiences to two new works -
Work One: “The tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen” is a satirical opera for violin (Valentina Koleva-Voster) and double bass (Roxane Steffen), based on the legend of a duel between the scary monster-like Torbalan and Oude Rode Ogen, resulting in the rescue of children.
Work Two: Some rooms in an empty house is a minimalistic, expressionistic work that takes the listener on a guided tour of some rooms in an empty house. With Petrus de Beer and Valentina Koleva-Voster on violin, Jan-Hendrik Harley on viola, Cheryl de Havilland on cello and Albert Combrink on piano.
Valentina studied violin at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has won several Bulgarian national competitions for solo violin and chamber music. As a member of two Bulgarian State Symphony orchestras, she has toured
She joined KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Baroque 2000 Orchestra and was a member of the Wouter String Quartet (later named the Blue Velvet String Quartet), which was voted Best Classical group in KZN for 2007. She has performed in many chamber concerts with several of South Africa’s top musicians̶ Stanislav Angelov, James Grace and acclaimed pianist Christopher Duigan to name but a few.
After getting married, Valentina moved to Cape Town in January 2009. She became a freelance musician and a regular ad hoc violinist with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a permanent member of Tinta Barocca. In 2010 she was invited to play at the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival and in June 2015 she performed a solo programme with two harps on the Finarts Festival in Hermanus.
Valentina is currently a full-time violin teacher at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.
Jan-Hendrik hails from Pretoria, but moved to Stellenbosch after school to study music. Since then he has been a freelance musician and composer/arranger, covering a wide range of musical styles in both disciplines.
Jan-Hendrik recently returned from the United States where he completed further graduate studies at the University of North Texas. He studied viola performance with the highly acclaimed Dr Susan Dubois and early music with Paul Leenhouts and Cynthia Roberts.
In June 2014 Jan-Hendrik toured Germany, Austria and Croatia with the Fantasmi early music ensemble, performing in some of Europe's top venues under the direction of Paul Leenhouts.
Since his return to South Africa, Jan-Hendrik has regularly played with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as ad hoc violist, and with Camerata Tinta Barocca and the Cape Consort on both Baroque violin and viola.
Roxane Steffen started her musical education at the age of six with violin and recorder at the Music School of Delft in the Netherlands. At the age of eight she started cello lessons and changed to double bass when she was 16. In that same year, she started studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Hans Krul, the principal bass player of The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the time.
In 1997 she completed her studies in Rotterdam and received her Teachers Degree. She continued her studies of orchestral and solo bass playing at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Knut Guettler and Jean Paul Everts. In 1999 she received her Performing Degree with distinction and directly after her graduation she acquired her first contract for tutti double bass at The Netherlands Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2003 she came to Cape Town to fill the position of sub-principal bass in The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra for one year. In January 2006, she resigned and returned to Cape Town to fill the position of principal bass with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Roxane resigned from her full time position with the CPO in 2014 to spend more time teaching and coaching young musicians in Cape Town and at the University of Stellenbosch and to play more chamber music and solo repertoire. However, she is still regularly seen on stage with the CPO as an extra player and is still involved with the CPYO. In addition to this, Roxane is also a qualified personal trainer and yoga instructor and is dedicated to educate young musicians on the importance of their fitness level for peak performance as musicians.
Roxane’s life motto is ‘Je suis comme je suis’.
Cheryl de Havilland
Cheryl was born in the UK. Having tried a few different instruments, she started on the cello at the age of eight. She studied in London and initially came out to South Africa to join the orchestra in Pretoria.
Her playing in South Africa includes Opera, Classical, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque music, chamber and jazz. In fact, just about anything “as long as it’s on the cello!”
Cheryl is also a well-established cello teacher in Cape Town.
Albert is a freelance pianist working in a variety of genres: Classical pianist, instrumental accompanist, musicals, Opera and Jazz. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Classical Piano Performance and completing Licentiates in Accompaniment, Teaching and Performing, he has distinguished himself in various fields, both locally and abroad. Performances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Singapore are recent highlights.
His operatic interests took him to the UCT Opera School, Cape Town Opera and the Isango Partabello Company that won a London Critics’ Award for Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. He has often performed on television and was seen on Top Billing accompanying the international superstar Catherine Jenkins and local celebrity Diva Lynelle Kenned.
Albert was Music Director of the 2012 “Dance for a Cure”, which raises awareness and funds for Cervical Cancer Inoculations. He is co-author of three Arts & Culture textbooks of which over 100 000 copies have been sold. His many CD projects have garnered acclaim, including a SAMA nomination as Best Instrumental Album and a review in the International Gramophone magazine. His discs include recordings with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Tango Ensemble and a piano/vocal album with songbird Louise Howlett.
Maretha van der Walt
Growing up in Johannesburg, Maretha van der Walt started learning violin and piano at the ages of 5 and7, respectively. Throughout her school years music grew to become her biggest passion and after school, she went on to study music at Stellenbosch University with violin and music composition as major subjects.
She is especially fond of writing for the string family and has an interest in the nature of sound and how to apply it to her compositions. Her interest in the natural quality of sound, led her to study in Oslo, Norway. There she studied with Prof. Lasse Thoresen, a peer of the French Spectral Composers. Under the guidance of Thoresen and Prof. Hans Roosenschoon she attained an Honours Bachelors in Music with distinction.
In 2012 she relocated to Johannesburg, where she played and toured with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a violin and piano teacher. After 3 years living in Johannesburg, she moved to Bristol, UK, where she played in the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and the Somerset String Quartet.
She had recently returned to Cape Town, where she plans to stay as long as possible.