Phuti Sepuru (27) completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Pretoria in 2011, majoring in Jazz Piano Performance, Music Education, and Music Technology. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Musicology in September 2015 from the University of Pretoria, and is currently enrolled for a Doctorate in Musicology. She is also employed as a jazz vocal accompanist, and as a lecturer in world music, research methodology, and jazz history at the University of Pretoria.
Phuti started playing recorder at the age of six, and made the transition to classical piano at the age of ten, then went on to major in music at The National School of the Arts where she was the top classical music student in 2004. She has worked with artists such as Ebony, Duvha, Keke, Sizwe Mashinini, Basadi Women of Jazz, Ntombi Ngcobo, Bheki Nqoko, Abigail Kubeka and Dorothy Masuku. She has performed internationally in countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Sweden, Denmark, Ruwanda, Zambia, and Egypt, among others. During 2011 she was also afforded the opportunity to perform in New Zealand as a representative of South Africa at various rugby world cup events.
More recently, she was selected as the pianist for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band for 2015, and selected as one of the top six Master’s candidates in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of the Free State.