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1-2-2019: Elsabé Raath appointed as new conductor of the celebrated Odeion School of Music Camerata
Elsabé Raath
Elsabé Raath appointed as new conductor of the celebrated Odeion School of Music Camerata ,UFS

Ms Elsabe Raath has recently been appointed as the new conductor of the celebrated ODEION SCHOOL OF MUSIC CAMERTA (OSMC). Raath served as string clinician for the OSMC since 2017 and made her professional debut as conductor with the OSMC last year when she conducted O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen for the OSMC ‘s participation at the second ICTUS international Music Competition.

She is following in the footsteps of Xavier Cloete who served as the principle conductor of the OSMC from 2014-2018. Under his baton, the OSMC has had several achievements, by winning the ICTUS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION USA (category Conservatory and University Orchestras) twice consecutively in 2017 and 2018.In 2018 the OSMC was nominated for the category, best music driven production, during the recent 2018 Aarklop Festival and nominated for a prestigious KYKNET FIESTA AWARD for the production Händel Master Pieces in collaboration with NWU Consort the NWU School of Music in Potchestroom.

Under Cloete’s guidance the OSMC also premiered several newly commissioned works by both international and SA composers. Cloete will remain in the position as the lecturer for orchestral conducting at the OSM.

Raath has graduated with both a Masters Degree (2015) and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma (2017) in viola performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom, where she studied under the main tutelage of Dr Louise Lansdown. She also holds a Bachelor Degree (2010) as well as an Honours Degree (2012) in viola performance from the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Elsabé is an experienced chamber musician. She was a member of numerous chamber groups in both South Africa and the United Kingdom, amongst which, the Beorma String Quartet – first prize winning String Quartet at the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition 2016 (Birmingham, United Kingdom). Elsabé was also member of a piano trio with Michael Webb (clarinet) and Yenting Wang (piano) - qualified for the final rounds of various competitions, such as the Leamington Prize and the Town Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prizes 2015 (Birmingham, United Kingdom).

As chamber musician Elsabé further had opportunities to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, such as the Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom (Pro Corda Chamber Music Series) and the Mosterio de Sao Bento da Vitoria, Porto, Portugal (42nd International Viola Congress). She also participated in numerous premieres, such as Columna Vertebral: Sageta de Foc (Vertebral Spine: Arrow of Fire) for violin, viola, trumpet and tenor by Dani Blanco Albert, the 1st prize winning piece of the Philip Bates Composition Prize 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom, and Variations on a theme by Elgar for five violas by Leon Haxby, Mosterio de Sao Bento da Vitoria, Porto, Portugal (42nd International Viola Congress).

As soloist Elsabé has performed with various orchestras such as the Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra (United Kingdom), Thallein Ensemble (Belgium) and the Free State Symphony Orchestra (South Africa). She premiered numerous new works, amongst which The Inner workings of a throat exposed (2016) for viola and ensemble by Chris Cresswell (Bozar, Brussels) and Air (2017) for solo viola by Richard Leigh Harris (Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom) were particularly composed for her. Elsabé performed the Cecil Forsyth viola concerto with Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra (2016), Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom. She also had the opportunity to perform in the historic Chateau de Lourmarin, France, during an international public master class series, led by Brett Deubner.

Elsabé has performed in masterclasses of Nobuko Imai (Japan), Tatjana Masurenko (Russia), Thomas Riebl (Austria), Martin Outram (United Kingdom), Luis Muñiz Bascón (Spain), Brett Deubner (America), Blazej Maliszewski (Poland), Simon Rowland-Jones (United Kingdom) and Ivo van der Werff (Netherlands/United Kingdom).

Elsabé is also a keen orchestra musician who was chosen to participate in the Welsh National Opera Orchestra Schemes, United Kingdom, during 2015/2016. She has performed in various orchestras within South Africa and abroad, such as the World Orchestra, the St Peter’s Concert Orchestra, London, United Kingdom (principal viola), South African National Youth Orchestra (principal viola) and the MIAGI Orchestra (principal viola), Odeion Sinfonia (principal viola), Free State Symphony Orchestra (co-principal viola) as well as Birmingham Conservatoire orchestras (principal and co-principal viola).

These provided opportunities to perform in many prestigious venues and concert halls at numerous festivals under renowned conductors, such as Birmingham Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall, United Kingdom - Michael Seal; the Beethoven fest Bonn, Germany - Conrad van Alpen; Young Euro Classic Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin - Christian Muthspiel and a South African tour with the World Orchestra – JosepVicent, to name but a few.

She holds numerous awards from various institutions, such as:
Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and South African Quartet of Peace monetary awards.

As member of a viola ensemble, she was shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Creative Enterprise Awards (promoting viola performance and international music educational outreach) London, United Kingdom.

Elsabe will conduct her first concert with the OSM CAMERATA during the annual OSM GALA CONCERT, which will take place on the 4th of April at the Odeion. For this concert, the OSMC will join hands with Anneke Lamont for the recital of Piano Concerto in D Minor Minor BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
26-10-2018: Atterbury Klavierkompetisie 2018
1st prize (Valumax) Colette du Toit R30 000
2nd prize (Spine Africa Beate Boshoff R15 000
3rd prize (Theuns van Breda) Leo Huan R7 500
Winner 12 years and younger (Claudine van Breda) Tanya Zhu R4 000
Winner 15 years and younger (Willie de Jager) Leo Huan R6 000
Winner 19 years and younger (Optiphi) Colette du Toit R8 000
All 3rd round participants (Kawai South Africa)   R750
All finalists (Gert Becker family trust)   R1000
Best performance of a Baroque work (Joseph Stanford) Erin Daniels R3 000
Best performance of a Classical work (Tanya Tosen) Leo Huan R3 000
Best performance of a Romantic work (Stephen Allen) Colette du Toit R3 000
Best performance of a Modern work (Willie de Jager) Beate Boshoff R4 000
Best performance of a South African work (Celesté vd Walt) Alida Esterhuizen R4 500
John Roos prize (Bonus Prize) Colette du Toit R5 000
Teacher of overall winner Claudine van Breda R2 000
Teacher of 2nd place overall Jenny Reed R1 500
Teacher of 3rd place overall Claudine van Breda R1 000
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