Natali Frenz is currently composing for Sein Media, and holds a scholarship from the National Arts Council of South Africa to complete her Masters in Composition at Stellenbosch University. Her work has been performed by local and international artists to critical acclaim; these include performances by a number of Cape Town-based ensembles as well as the US Woordfees, Purpur, and the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. Her recent creative output is characterised by a divergent approach to style, with some works leaning towards serial influences and others exploring narrative expression in a filmic setting. In 2018, her interest in intermedia culminated in a performance involving live and electronic instruments, digital manipulation, and visual art as a form of protest performance in support of A21 (an organisation that combats human trafficking).
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Lehlogonolo Maphutha is a composer who was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. In a household frenzied with music, he started creating small compositions at age 9for piano at his uncle's house - a working jazz musician. In his teen years, he studied violin under Caius Oprea and Serge Cuca. During this time he delved into music production and produced for a number of artists including F-eezy, Zuluboy, Spazashop Boyz and Siphokhazi, as well as collaborating with artists such as Petit Noir and Ammara Brown.
Erin Potgieter (1998-) is a South African composer from Port Elizabeth. She is currently completing her BMus degree at Stellenbosch University, specialising in composition under Antoni Schonken and Arthur Feder. Erin has interest in creating moods, characters and atmospheres by using instrumental timbre, timbral combinations, synthetic scales, as well as interesting harmonies and voicings. In 2019, Erin’s art song ‘Den’ was performed at the Stellenbosch Woordfees. Two of Erin’s works have been selected to be performed by the Composers National Collegium, and as a composition student her works are regularly performed at Kompos (Komponiste Van Stellenbosch) concerts as part of the Endler concert series.
Luciano Mincione is a Cape Townian composer currently in his 4th year of his BMus at the South African College of Music, UCT. He is currently under the guidance of Prof. Hendrik Hofmeyr, having been taught by esteemed South African musicians Grant McLachlan, A/Prof. Martin Watt and Dr Anneke Lamont. In 2018, Luciano was selected for a semester abroad program to study at the University of Leeds, where he was taught composition by Dr Scott McLaughlin.
With hopes of creating more opportunities for his fellow composition students, Luciano founded the Annual UCT [ZA]ARTSONG Competition in August 2018, where composers team up with singers to produce artsongs using South African poems in 1 of the 11 official languages. He is also a two-time recipient of the SAMRO Music Bursary.
Alexandros Vavatzanidis is both an avid composer and classical guitar performer (Under the tutelage of Prof. James Grace and Dr. Hendrik Hofmeyr respectively). Alexandros has been fortunate enough to participate in National and International competition and shows of wide variety. Some of the notable events include Suidoosterfrees' (Mi)SA project [premiering Antoni Schonken's Mass], the CNC workshop in Stellenbosch, ISAAM-NOOSA International Pierrot 2018 Competition and Cone of Composition Competition 2018. He has been part of the Dean's Merit list for the past 2 years and was awarded the Nicholas Abbott Prize in 2018.
Alexandros' love of interdisciplinary fields manifests in his blended style of composition; his interest within the arts generally involving the human spirit; and his teaching at Micklefield Girls' School as guitar teacher as well as privately. He will have undertaken the Trinity Licentiate Diploma exam in Guitar Performance, and is now preparing to go abroad for an Exchange to UCLA later in the year. He is currently a hobbyist conductor (studying with Alex Fokkens), as well as a prolific reader. Alexandros' highest goal is to perform, create and inspire highly emotional and personal music.
My name is Chesney Palmer, a final year composition student at the University of the Witswatersrand with a performance minor in piano. Although composition is my major I have recieved tutelage and masterclasses from accomplished pianist throughout my degree, including Dr Grethe Nöthling, Dr Frelet de Villiers, Prof Malcolm Nay, Prof Ruth Goveia and Mr Peter Cartwright.
Compositionally I have been under the tutelage of Dr Andile Khumalo, Dr Christopher Letcher,Dr Jonathan Crossley, Dr Cameron Harris, Mr André Petersen, Mr Lance Phillip and Mr Sydney Mavundla and have had masterclasses with Kevin Volans. I have an inclination towards both classical and jazz aesthetics and consider myself to have a unique blend of these two genres. I love creating and aspire to create as much as I possibly can in many different expressions of composition.
Emilio Lorenzo began his music career at a young age at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Cape Town, Western Cape. He has been an active performer throughout the years participating in many concerts and competitions. Some notable performances include the premiere of Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Concerto per Marimba e Orchestra D’Archi, as a participant of the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival where he premiered the second movement, and as a finalist and prize winner of the National Youth Music Competition, where he premiered the first and second movement. In the same year participated in the 13thInternational Percussion Competition and progressed to the semi-final round. He was the overall second prize winner of the National Youth Music Competition, as well as the overall prize winner of the Hugo Lambrechts 30th Anniversary Music Competition, the FMR Bursary Competition and the Mabel Quick Competition. In 2019 he appeared as a soloist alongside internationally acclaimed saxophonist David Selleras and pianist Christopher Duigen, performing Yoshimatsu’s Cyberbird concerto for saxophone, piano and percussion, accompanied by Stellenbosch University’s Symphony Orchestra.
As a budding composer, Emilio has had two of his works performed, namely a piano composition, Dream Visions, as part of Stellenbosch University’s KOMPOS concert series, and an art song, that appeared as part of the Nuwe Lied concert for the Woordfees, which sought to set the art song in a South African context.
Emilio is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Stellenbosch, specializing in Composition while continuing his percussion studies with Suzette Brits.
Jeremy Hart is a Cape Town-based composer currently studying a Bachelors of Music in Western Classical Composition at the South African College of Music. Currently he is under the guidance of Prof. Hendrik Hofmeyr, but he has also taken composition classes with Prof. Martin Watt, Dr. Christo Jankowitz and Grant McLachlan throughout the course of his studies. Over the past few years Jeremy has presented works at the annual student-run concerts at the South African College of Music as well as entering works into a small number of composition competitions. In 2017 he was awarded the Nicholas Abbot Prize for composition by the University of Cape Town.