VAN ZYL , Sonja
- Postal Address:
- PO Box 291605, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109
- +27 (0)82 374 2826
- +27 (0)11 339 6695
- +27 (0)11 339 6539
Sonja van Zyl was born in Kroonstad and obtained her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree from University of Pretoria.
She also holds a Performer’s Licenciate (UNISA), a Vocal Accompaniment Licenciate (UNISA) and an Ensemble Licenciate (UNISA). She obtained her MMus (Performing Art) at the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Prof Malcolm Nay and Ms Pauline Nossel in 2015.
As a student she studied with Philip Levy and Prof Joseph Stanford and in 2007 received master classes from Konstantin Soukhoventsi while preparing for her Performance Licenciate.
Sonja was appointed as accompanist and piano teacher at The National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and is currently teaching piano part time at Roedean (SA) and St John’s College in Johannesburg.
She is accompanying students at the University of Witwatersrand and also students from the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra for their UNISA / ABRSM and Trinity examinations as well as the Philip Moore and Roedean (SA) competitions on a yearly basis.
She also plays the organ and is the organist and keybord accompanist at the Dutch Reformed Church in Melville.
Achievements / Awards:
- Received South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) bursary in 2nd year
- Pretorium Trust bursary in 3rd and 4th year
- Soloist with Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra in 4th year
- Piano recital broadcast on SABC ‘Young Artists’
- 1982 – 1st International Piano Competition at Unisa
- Accompanied well known tenor from Germany – Musa Nkuna in 2005, 2006 and 2011 for concerts in South Africa
- Recital with Samson Diamond (violin) at University of Johannesburg and Summerplace
- Trio recital with Carel Henn (cello) and Morné van Heerden (clarinet) at Brooklyn Theatre
- Pianist for Edith Piaf show (consisting of singer, cellist and piano) – started show in 2008 and is presenting shows through South Africa
Sonja regularly performs with a Clarinet and Saxophone player at weddings and other functions, where they mainly play jazz and light music.
Updated 20 December 2015