PORT ALFRED – An exciting Spring sundowner concert, with a totally new sound, is set to take place at Richmond House Museum and Music Room in Port Alfred early September.
For the first time ever in town, the mellifluous tones of a harp combined with flute in a special classical programme, will fill the air.
The dazzling credentials and performance CVs of the two world-class musicians are as follows:
Harpist Jacqueline Kerrod hails from Johannesburg. She graduated from Yale University with a Masters of Music ’01 and Artist Diploma ’02. A versatile performer, Jacqueline has appeared as a member of the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre. She is a member of the American Modern Ensemble and is the regular harpist for Argento Chamber Ensemble, with whom she has also recorded. Recently she performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at Lincoln Centre.
As an advocate of new music, Jacqueline is a member of Clockwise with violinist Marc Uys, (a violin and harp duo with a special interest in commissioning and performing works by SA composers) and was a founding member of MAYA (flute/harp/percussion).
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival featured her as soloist with Ransom Wilson and the festival orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp which she also performed in Quito, Ecuador.
She lists among her other acclaimed collaborations the Colonial Symphony, Montclair State University, and the SONOS Chamber Orchestras, Kanye West, Santo Gold, Antony and the Johnsons and Mr Fogg.
She played harp for the Google Chrome online advertisement of 2009 and is prominently featured on Robert Paterson’s CDs ‘Book of Goddesses’ and ‘Star Crossing’.
In April 2011 Clockwise was presented at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. She has also been harpist for the hit show The Fantasticks! in New York City.
Liesl Stoltz initially studied the flute with Eva Tamassy at the University of Stellenbosch.
In 1995, after master classes in Johannesburg, Shigenori Kudo offered her a scholarship to study with him at the Ecole Normale de Musique: Alfred Cortot in Paris, France.
She also studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Chantal Debushy and Peter-Lukas Graf at the Accademia Internazionale Superiore di Musica Lorenso Perosi in Italy.
She has various concert diplomas, with distinction, as well as SA degrees BMus Hons, MMus and DMus from UCT – and a Performer’s Licentiate from UNISA.
While studying in Europe, Liesl had master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennet, Maxence Larrieux, Patrick Gallois and Trevor Wye.
She has won numerous top prizes in national and international competitions, the most recent being third prize in the 12th Timisoara International Flute Competition in Romania and first prizes in the 12th Frederich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in 2007 in Germany and first for best interpretation of Kuhlau’s work.
Together with classical guitarist Pedro Rodrigues she won second prize in the 2001‘Gaetano Zinetti’ International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy and the ‘Morelati Award for Excellence’. The duo recorded a CD in 2004 which was nominated for GMT as well as SAMA awards in South Africa.
Liesl has appeared as soloist with the Cape Town, Eastern Cape and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Free State Symphony and with the UCT String Ensemble, Camerata Tinta Barocca and Odeion Simfonia.
She was part of the 2011 production Vuurvoël (with Mario Nell and Magdalene Minnaar) which was nominated for a Kanna award at the 2011 Klein Karoo Art Festival.
At present Liesl performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician and teaches at the SA College of Music, UCT.
Since 2012 she has been an AW Mellon foundation Post-doctorate fellow at UCT and she also regularly adjudicates local eisteddfods and music competitions.
We are indeed enormously privileged in Port Alfred to have these stunning musicians visit us!
Tickets for this concert on Tuesday, September 4 at 17h00 will be on sale at KNA Port Alfred at R65 from August 6 – advance sales only; no tickets at the door.
The price includes a welcome drink and programme, but out-of-towners may call KNA (Anna: 046-624 2036) to reserve tickets for a short period before they collect and pay.
Other enquiries: Sue 082 4567 437