VAN SCHALKWYK , Albie
- Cape Town
- +27 (0)82 576 3566
Albie van Schalkwyk has established himself as performer in a number of fields over the past 30 years. One of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa, he has also performed as soloist with SA orchestras, performed solo recitals, given master classes for singers and accompanists, worked as a music producer for the SABC, arranged music for various combinations from for Broadway orchestral for small ensembles to orchestral works for 8 pianos.
After completing his B.Mus. degree at the University of Cape Town with Lamar Crowson, he spent five years in London studying with Geoffrey Parsons, Gwenneth Pryor and Martino Tirimo. During this period he won the UNISA Overseas Scholarship as well as first prize in the SABC Music Prize Piano Competition. Upon his return to SA he took up a position as Official Accompanist and Producer at the SABC in Cape Town and became the regular partner of many South African singers and instrumentalists in concert and in the recording studio. He has been a member of several well-known SA ensembles, e.g. the Endler Trio and the Potch Trio and a founder member of The Chamber Music Society, and appeared as guest artists with others like the Rosamunde String Quartet and the Sontonga Quartet.
His partnership with Austrian cellist Heidi Litschauer has produced two major tours through South Africa as well as annual visits to Austria where he is invited to play concerts and work as repetiteur at the summer school of the International Neuberg Kulturtage since 1988. He has also performed all over South Africa with visiting overseas artists such as Elly Ameling (soprano), Maarten Koningsberger (baritone), Peter-Lukas Graf (flute), Emma Johnson (clarinet), Christian Altenburger (violin) and Raphael Wallfisch (cello).
His interest in vocal music and the art song in particular has led to many fulfilling concert partnerships with singers, culminating in the formation in 1994 of The Songmakers’ Guild, of which he was a founder member. He still contributes artistically to the concert series and will perform with other founder members at the Guild’s 15th Birthday Concert on February 22. He has presented workshops and classes for singers and accompanists at the University of the Free State and as guest teacher at other universities in SA. He spent his 2002/3 sabbatical working as repetiteur for the Vocal Department of the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg, Austria.
He has been on the staff of the summer school of the International Neuberg Kulturtage in Austria since 1988, regular guest professor in chamber music at the University of Cape Town, taught at the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshops and at the International Chamber Music Workshops in Stellenbosch in 2007.
Albie has been a regular panel member of several South African competitions, including the Chamber Music Competition in Stellenbosch, the UNISA National Piano Competition and the SAMRO National Singing Competition.
After 12 years at the University of the Free State, he returned to Cape Town in February 2009 to take up a post as Associate Professor at the College of Music, UCT. He is the 2009 winner of the Huberte Rupert Prize, awarded by the SA Academy of Arts and Sciences to him for his contribution to ensemble playing and teaching over the past 30 years.