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BVS Conservatoire Coordinator


Elsabé Raath

Born in South African,Elsabé  started playing the viola at the age of 12, where she took lessons at the local music school, Musicon, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Having later decided to study music, she was accepted to the University of the Free State, Odeion School of Music, where she graduated with a BMus (2010) and Honours Cum Laude (2012) in viola performance under the tutelage of Jeanne-Louise Moolman. After receiving scholarships and awards from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the South African Peace Quartet Trust and Birmingham Conservatoire, Elsabé graduated with a MMus in Viola Performance (2015) at the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, and is currently studying towards an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma (Professional Performance) with Louise Lansdown.

Elsabé is an experienced and passionate chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Junior Odeion String Quartet who won the ensemble category prize at the South African National Classical Music Competition, Muziq, as well as the Stellenbosch National Chamber Music Competition (2010). The same quartet was successfully selected to participate in the Internationale Stichting Master Class series (2012) in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, led by Philippe Graffin, Raphael Wallfisch and Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir. They also performed at various International Music Festivals, such as the Stellenbosh International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa) International Bulawayo Music Festival and the Harare International Music Festival (Zimbabwe). As member of a trio with Michael Webb (clarinet) and Yenting Wang (piano) and she has qualified for the final rounds of various competitions, such as the Leamington Prize and the Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize, Birmingham, UK (2015/2016). Elsabé was also a member of the 1st prize winning string quartet of the 2016 Sylvia Cleaver competition, Birmingham UK (2016).

As a chamber musician and soloist Elsabé has had opportunities to perform in various prestigious concert halls and venues, such as Wigmore Hall, London, the Mosterio de Sao Bento da Vitoria, Porto, Portugal and the historic Chateau de Lourmarin, France. Elsabé was also a semi-finalist in the South African National Classical Music Competition, Muziq (2013). She also performed as soloist with the Free State Symphony Orchestra, South Africa, and the Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra, UK. Elsabé will premiere a new viola concerto by Chris Cresswell with the Birmingham Conservatoire Thallein Ensemble in Brussels during December 2016.

Elsabé has had master classes with Martin Outram, Robin Ireland, Simon Rowland-Jones, Thomas Riebl, Nils Mönkemeyer, Tatjana Masurenko, Boguslawa Hubisz-Sielska, Luis Muñiz Bascón, Christine Rutledge, Klaus Christa and Blazej Maliszewksi.