The Trio Pastel will feature Liesl Stolz (flute), Petrus Coetzee (viola) and Jana van der Walt (harp) at the SA Slave Church Museum (SA Sendinggestig Museum) in Long Street, Cape Town. The trio will present a concert of mostly French music on Mothers’ Day, Sunday 9 May, 2021.

The programme features music by French composers Claude Debussy (1862–1918), Charles-Édouard Lefebvre (1843–1917) and François Devienne (1759–1803), as well as Austrian Anton Diabelli (1781–1858) and Belgian Joseph Jongen (1873–1953).

Trio Pastel was established in 2020 when the musicians came together to perform for the Endler Concert Series in Stellenbosch. The sound colour of this combination of instruments is typically associated to music of the impressionistic musical style of the 19th century.

Trio Pastel SA Slave Church
Trio Pastel appear at SA Slave Church

Arrangements for a trio

“The repertoire for a trio of flute, viola and harp is rather limited, but we have found arrangements for such a trio and we have also made our own transcriptions from compositions for similar settings of instruments, such as Jongen’s “Deux Pièces en Trio”, which was originally composed for flute, cello and harp, or Diabelli’s “Trio”, which was originally for flute, viola and guitar,” says Coetzee.

He studied at Stellenbosch University, and completed an MMus degree in Chamber Music under Suzanne Martens. In 2011, he left for further studies in Austria, where he completed a Master’s Diploma under Prof Klaus Christa at the Vorarlberg State Conservatoire, and later another MMus in Viola under Prof Volker Jacobsen at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Coetzee returned to South Africa in July 2018, when he was appointed as principal violist of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). In April 2021, he made his debut as soloist, alongside Gabrielle von Dürckheim (flute), with the CPO in their Summer Cyber Symphony Series.

Coetzee regularly performs as a chamber musician, and teaches violin and viola at the German International School in Cape Town.

Another well-known musician on Cape Town stages, flautist Liesl Stolz studied in France and Italy where she obtained diplomas with distinction. Among her teachers are Éva Tamássy, Shigenori Kudo, Pierre-Yves Artaud and Peter-Lukas Graf.

She has appeared as soloist with the Cape Town, Eastern Cape, Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic orchestras, as well as with the Camerata Tinta Barocca and Odeion Simfonia.

Harpist Jana van der Walt has vast orchestral experience, having played in the South African National Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra, Stellenbosch University Symphony Orchestra, Stellenbosch Camarata, the Stuttgart Academic Orchestra (Germany), as well as the MIAGI Orchestra, for which she was the principal harpist. She is an ad hoc member of the CPO and performs with various ensembles.

All Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to.

What: Trio Pastel at SA Slave Church
When: 9 May 2021, 4pm
Where: SA Slave Church (SA Sendinggestig Museum), Long Street, Cape Town
Tickets: R125