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Francois Du Toit

Pianist

Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest chamber musicians and music educators and is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Cape Town and is also Head of Chamber Music.

Du Toit is a highly regarded soloist and has distinguished himself as a soloist with orchestras in South Africa and abroad since the age of 15. While still a student (in 1988) he was selected to perform with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra on tour in the Republic of China. He was a member of The Potch Trio and together with the music ensemble he has performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Currently he is a solo artist and performs on occasion with Franklin Larey as the Ixopo Piano Duo.

While studying overseas du Toit distinguished himself in several important international piano competitions, gaining first place in the Hanover Music Competition in 1991, the 1992 Rotterdam and 1993 Marsala Internationals as well as the 1994 International Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Du Toit has over 30 concertos in his repertoire ranging from Bach to Hendrik Hofmeyer and has performed with a wide range of conductors including Bernhard Gueller, Victor Yampolsky, Alun Francis, Dawid de Villiers and Alexander Lazarev. He has also performed with local musicians Maria Solozobova, Zoe Beyers, Jose Dias, The Symphony Choir of Cape Town and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006  he released his first solo CD comprising works that included those composed by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin.

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