Saturday 25 May, 15:00 — Moravian Church, Greyton
TRIO DU CAP CLASSIQUE
Trio du Cap Classique was formed in 2018 by Liesl Stoltz, David Pinoit and François du Toit. All three are internationally acclaimed musicians having studied and performed throughout South Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA. Liesl Stoltz (flautist) and François du Toit (pianist) are well- known South African performing artists who have performed regularly together as a duo and for the Classics for All Festival. They are joined by French cellist David Pinoit who joined the KZNPO in 2014 and is now freelancing as a musician in Cape Town. They plan to fully exploit the genre with well-known compositions as well as exciting new compositions or transcriptions for their trio. Artists’ biographies below
FRANCOIS DU TOIT
Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists and musicians, FRANÇOIS DU TOIT is an Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Practical Studies at the University of Cape Town. Receiving his early musical training from Merryl Preston, he went on to complete an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, studying under the distinguished pianist and teacher, Laura Searle. Also holding diplomas up to Fellowship level from the Trinity College of Music, London, he studied for the Solistendiplom at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, under the renowned pedagogues Arie Vardi and Bernd Goetzke.
During his period of study abroad he distinguished himself in several important international piano competitions, taking top prizes in the 1991 Hannover Music Competition, the 1992 Rotterdam and 1993 Marsala Internationals, and the 1994 International Maria Callas Competition in Athens.
Appearing as an acclaimed soloist with orchestras (both locally and abroad) since the age of fifteen, François du Toit was selected, while still a student at UCT, to accompany the former Cape Town Symphony Orchestra as soloist on its historic tour of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1988. He has over 40 concertos in his repertoire, ranging from Bach to Scharwenka and has also performed the concerto premieres of South African composers, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Adrian More. He has performed with conductors including Bernhard Gueller, Victor Yampolsky, Omri Hadari, Alun Francis, Thomas Sanderling, Dawid de Villiers, Piero Gambo, Arjan Tien and Alexander Lazarev. Together with Anmari van der Westhuizen and Farida Bacharova he formed the UCT Piano Trio and also appears with Franklin Larey as the Ixopo Piano Duo. He is constantly in demand as accompanist for visiting artists such as Wolfgang David, Philippe Quint, Antje Weithaus, Ilya Gringolts and Julian Lloyd-Webber, to name but a few. In July 2006 he released his first solo CD comprising works of Bach-Busoni, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Chopin and in 2010 TwoPianists record label released his recording of the Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals and master classes in America, Asia and Europe and in 2012 he undertook a concert tour to Paris, Vienna and Cardiff where he accompanied the flautist, Liesl Stolz in a programme of South African flute music which was later recorded on CD under the SACM label. In 2014, he gave the premiere of the Adrian More piano concerto with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
In between lecturing and administrative duties at the University of Cape Town where he is Head of Practical Studies, François is external examiner for several universities in South Africa and is often invited to sit as juror for competitions throughout the country and abroad. To celebrate turning 50, he performed all five Beethoven piano concertos with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at their Summer Festival on the 24th and 25th of February 2016 under the baton of Victor Yampolsky. In October 2016, he repeated these performances with the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra in Pretoria. In 2017 he received the Creative Works Award from the University of Cape Town. This is the first time this award has been given to a member of the South African College of Music. In the same year, François was also presented with the Molteno Medal for his contribution to Music.
Flutist Liesl Stoltz grew up in a family devoted to classical music, leading to her love of the art. After dabbling in piano and violin, she began studying the flute at age 13 with Éva Tamássy. She furthered her studies in France with Shigenori Kudo, Pierre-Yves Artaud and Chantal Debushy at the École Normale de Musique de Paris: Alfred Cortot, and later trained in Italy with maestro Peter-Lukas Graf at the Accademia Internazionale Superiore di Musica: Lorenzo Perosi.
Not only was Liesl nominated for the GMT and SAMA awards in 2005 for her album Histoire du Tango with Portuguese classical guitarist Pedro Rodrigues, but her album Explorations – South African Flute Music (recorded with pianists Francois du Toit and José Dias, as well as harpist Jacqueline Kerrod), won the category “creative output” for the annual Humanities and Social Sciences awards from the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017. Other awards include first prize in the 12th Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in Germany, 3rd place in the 2007 International Flute Competition in Timisoara, Romania and finalist in the 2005 Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition in Italy, to name a few.
Although no longer competing, Liesl’s passion for both French and South African music and composers has led her to perform in both South Africa and Europe, and she intends to continue showcasing South African works in this manner. When she’s not performing or practising, Liesl lectures at the University of Cape Town. She’s been on several panels as external examiner of Honours, Masters and Doctorate examinations at the University of the Free State, Rhodes University and Stellenbosch University, as well as adjudicator for local eisteddfods and music competitions.
Her latest album, Recital, which was recorded with pianist Albie van Schalkwyk and released on 17 February 2018. Liesl plays a Yamaha 900 series 14k flute and is proud to be a Yamaha South Africa Artist since May 2018.
David Pinoit is a French cellist born in Dijon, Bourgogne. He started his cello tuition at the age of 8 at the Conservatoire Régional de Dijon with Christian Wolff. After completing his Diplome d'Etudes Musicales he went to study at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2014 he completed his Master of Arts in Music Performance under cellist Francois Salque. David moved to Durban, South Africa in August 2014 to join the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra until 2017. He is now based in Cape Town as a freelance musician and teaches cello at Westerford High School, Kronendal Music Academy in Hout Bay, and at Reddam House Constantia.
His passion for chamber music has led him to perform in a great variety of combinations with musicians such as Regis Pasquier, Francois Salque, Bülent Evcil, Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães. David is a former member of the Aristys Trio based in Brussels, Belgium.