Preview: Cello Splendour Anmari van der Westhuizen

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Starring: Anmari van der Westhuizen

Cello Splendour

Anmarie van der Westhuizen (Cello)
Nicolene Gibbons (Pianist)

One of SA’s top cellists offering a recital of showstoppers.

1) Arioso- JS Bach
2) Adagio con variazioni - Respighi
3) Danse Orientale- S. Rachmaninov
4) Hungarian Rhapsody- D. Popper
5) Tarantella op. 33- D. Popper

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Concert by Prof. Anmari van der Westhuizen, Head of the Odeion String Quartet and adjunct professor in violoncello at the University of the Free State.

Prof. Anmari van der Westhuizen is Head of the Odeion String Quartet and adjunct professor in violoncello at the University of the Free State. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (BMus cum laude and BMus.Hons cum laude with full academic and cultural honorary colours), from the Mozarteum, Salzburg (Grosses Diplom cum laude), and from the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, under the tutelage of Prof. Maria Kliegel (Konzertexamen). She also holds Licentiate Diplomas in Performing and Teaching from UNISA (cum laude). In 2013, Anmari received her PhD in Music Performance from the University of Pretoria and awarded full academic honorary colors for her thesis Solo Violoncello music: a selective investigation into works composed between 1980 and 2010 and the compilation of a catalogue.

Anmari has won prestigious competitions in South Africa including the ATKV Forte Competition, the SABC Competition, the Oude Meester Competition and the University of Natal 75th Anniversary Prize. As a young cellist, she was selected to participate in the International Youth Music Festival in Interlochen, U.S.A. She received extensive chamber music training with specific emphasis on string quartet playing by members of the world's best string quartets, namely the Alban Berg String Quartet, the Amadeus String Quartet, the Borodin String Quartet, the Brodsky String Quartet, and the Hagen String Quartet, and with Hatto Beyerle, Györgi Kurtág and Professor Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Historic Performance Practice). Anmari has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras in South Africa as well as the Brahms Double concerto together with Pieter Schoeman who is currently the concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

While living in Europe she appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances, inter alia with Viennese ensembles Music-on-Line and the Wiener Streichorchester, and was a member of the Koehne String Quartet, Wien. She performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Zambia and Zimbabwe. Anmari has made several CD recordings and her first solo CD with Ilse Schumann features world premieres of works by Roelof Temmingh and Egon Wellesz. The CD was well received by the Austrian Magazine for New Music. Their second solo CD “Romantic Sonatas” received excellent reviews in South Africa and in Austria. During 2015, Anmari received the “Vryfees” award for the Best Classical Performer at the Arts Festival and the “Rose” award from “Radio Rosestad” for her remarkable contribution towards arts and culture. In 2019, the Odeion String Quartet received the prestigious Huberte Rupert prize from the SA Academy for Science and Art for their contribution towards arts and culture in South Africa.

In addition, Anmari has performed several world premieres of cello compositions. In 2007 the Austrian Composers Union invited her to give a solo recital of contemporary solo cello works in Vienna, Austria, which included the world premiere of South African composer Roelof Temmingh's Variations, which was dedicated to her. She also gave the first performances of solo cello works by Austrian composers Wolfgang Nening and Hannes Heher, as well as works dedicated to her by Hubert Du Plessis and Hendrik Hofmeyr. During 2019 she played a concert at the international Schubertiade