This year we are excited to announce that we will be holding flute masterclasses. The masterclasses will be conducted by guests lecturer Doctor Cobus du Toit. The masterclasses will take place on Friday 17th August from 08:00 - 11:30 and 13:00-15:00. The masterclasses cost R150 for 30mins.
Anyone wishing to watch the masterclasses but not participate may do so for R50.
Dr. Cobus du Toit serves as the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and also on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. As an international soloist and chamber musician Cobus has concertized in Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France. Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”
Other professional affiliations include the Antero Winds, a professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at the Fischoff and Plowman competitions, the duToit/Sutton duo with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton, and the duToit/Lee duo with collaborative pianist Doreen Lee. Cobus also serves as the principal flute for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Cobus self-produced two recordings available through online platforms: Tríptico with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton and Mythavian with pianist Doreen Lee.
Current creative projects include recording the complete flute oeuvre by Jacques Castérède for the Naxos Records label and the #WeBringFlowers project. The #WeBringFlowers project is a set of 6 socially conscious commissions that deal with societal violence in a non-political manner. It is a conscious coming together to create a room of peace that can transcend into the world. Cobus received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. His principal teachers include John Hinch and Christina Jennings.