• FSSO 3
  • FSSO 2
  • FSSO-2011-Messiah
  • FSSO 1
  • FSSO-2011-Messiah-2
  • FSSO2011

Orchestra Members

Principal cellist

Anmari van der Westhuizen

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Anmari van der Westhuizen
, cellist, was appointed in the quartet and as a senior lecturer in cello at the UFS, in 2008. She is one of the most sought-after cellists in South Africa, both as soloist and chamber musician. After graduating cum laude at Stellenbosch University, she studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Heidi Litschauer and was awarded the Grosses Konzertdiplom with distinction. At the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, working under Maria Kliegel, she received the Konzertexamendiplom.

 During her stay in Europe from 1988 to 1996 she appeared as soloist and chamber musician in such groups as the Koehne String Quartet in Vienna. She also performed at international festivals in Austria, Italy and Spain. As a young musician she was the winner at several national competitions such as the ATKV Forté, SABC and Oude Meester Competitions and in 1987 was the winner of the University of Natal 75th Anniversary Prize. Anmari has made several CD recordings. In 2007 she was invited by the Austrian Composers Union as solo cellist. From 1999 until 2008 she was the conductor and director of the UCT String Ensemble. She was a founder member of the UCT Trio, the Collage Ensemble and I Grandi Violoncellisti. In Bloemfontein she currently is the conductor of the Odeion Sinfonia.