VAN SCHOOR , Berthine

VAN SCHOOR , Berthine

Postal Address:
PO Box 277 Hartbeespoort South Africa 0216
+ 27 (0)83 390 3669
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Berthine van Schoor started cello lessons at age 6 with the legendary Betty Pack. She studied with Magdalena Roux at the University of Stellenbosch, where she obtained a B.Mus and B.Mus Honours (cum laude) as well as being awarded several prizes and bursaries. She later studied with Prof Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she obtained a Konzert Diplom and M.Mus.

Berthine studied and worked in Europe from 1989 to 2000. She was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a part-time member of the Mozarteum Orchestra, with which she toured all over Europe and Japan. From 1993 to 1997 she was principal cellist for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bad Reichenhall, Germany. From 1998 to 2000 she lived in Salzburg, taught at several music schools in Austria and Germany, and was a member of the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra, Musici and Pro Musica.

Berthine returned to South Africa in 2000 and was cello lecturer at the University of Pretoria until 2008. She founded her own cello academy in July 2008, which has produced numerous prize-winning students. She is also a tutor for the University of South Africa Music Foundation community projects and has received two awards from UNISA for outstanding teaching.

She has performed in recital for the UNISA Music Foundation, University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria concert series and for numerous foreign embassies in South Africa. She also plays with Vevek Ram (sitar) and Rabin Ram (sarod) in the Indian classical music group East meets West. They have performed concerts all over the country, including at the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown and the Cape Town Festival, as well as for the High Commission of India.

A recent career highlight was two concert tours to India in 2007 and 2009, with acclaimed pianist Albie van Schalkwyk, where they performed in nine cities.

As a soloist, Berthine has performed with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bad Reichenhall, the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kolkata Chamber Orchestra.

Berthine was on the faculty of the International Music Academy in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy, in July 2010.  She recently founded the piano trio Trio Gloriosa (named after the South African and South Indian wild flower Gloriosa, or flame lily) with Camelia Onea (violin) and Annalien Ball (piano).

She plays a 160 year old cello made by Georg Tiefenbrunner, Munich, 1849.

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