Liesl Stoltz

Liesl Stoltz initially studied with Eva Tamassy at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1995, after master classes in Johannesburg, Shigenori Kudo, Japanese-French flautist, offered her a scholarship to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique : Alfred Cortot in Paris, France. She also studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud (internationally acclaimed authority on contemporary music from the Paris Conservatoire), Chantal Debushy (Chamber Music) and with Peter-Lukas Graf at the “Accademia Internazionale Superiore di Musica”, Lorenso Perosi in Italy and obtained various Concert Diplomas with distinction. In South Africa she obtained the degrees B. Mus Hons and M. Mus from UCT and the Performer’s Licentiate from UNISA (all with distinction). While studying in Europe, Liesl had master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennet, Maxence Larrieux, Patrick Gallois and Trevor Wye. She won numerous first and other prizes in national and international competitions, the most recent being third prize in the 12th Timisoara International Flute Competition in Romania, first prize in the 12th Frederich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in 2007 in Germany and first prize for best interpretation of work by Kuhlau.

Liesl formed Opus Duo with Portuguese classical guitarist Pedro Rodrigues in 2000 and the duo have since performed in France, Italy and South Africa. In 2001 they received second prize in the “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 performs regularly with Spanish pianist Jorge Herranz in South Africa, France and Luxemburg. She 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. In June 2010 she obtained the degree D.Mus from UCT. At the 2011 Klein Karoo art festival, the production “Vuurvoël” (with Mario Nell and Magdalene Minnaar) was nominated for a Kanna award.

At present Liesl performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in South Africa and abroad. She teaches at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town where she was a AW Mellon post-doctoral fellow from 2012-2013.