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Jeanne-Louise Moolman

University of the Free State, South Africa
I am the violist of the Odeion String Quartet and senior lecturer at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State in South Africa. As soloist, I’ve performed with various orchestras in the South African and given numerous recitals in my country. In 2012, I was invited to perform at the International Viola Congress in Rochester, New York. As chamber musician, I’ve performed with some of South Africa’s foremost musicians in various chamber music combinations.
I focus on composers who incorporate African elements in their compositions that make it true to Africa. These include composers like Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, Mokale Koapeng, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Stefans Grové and Tsepo Tsotetsi. These compositions are not well-known to the international audience; a situation I would like to see changed. Due to the Apartheids-regime in South Africa composers like Tsotetsi and Koapeng never got the recognition they deserved and it is my mission to rectify that.
I’ve been privileged that a number of South African composers have dedicated viola compositions to me and I have also commissioned a few specific pieces. Not only are they dear to me but they incorporate the true African sounds in their compositions.