Cobus Du Toit Resume

      Praised for his crystal-like tone and musical individuality, South African native Cobus du Toit is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading flutists of his generation. Competitions which Cobus has won include the UNISA Performers Licentiate Competition, the CFA Orchestral Excerpt Competition, the Boulder Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Beeld Eisteddfod and the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition. Competitions where Cobus has won the woodwind category prize include the Port Elizabeth National Youth Music Competition and the ATKV Musique Competition.

In 2006 Cobus was one of twenty five flautists chosen worldwide to perform for Jeanne Baxtresser at her International Masterclasses. Cobus already received master classes from Ingrid Hasse, Ljubiša Jovanović, Matthew Dufour, Alberto Almarza, Raffaele Trevisani, Nancy Andrews as well as Trevor Wye.

Cobus already performed as a soloist with the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Cobus also prides himself as being a performer of new music having played in world premieres by noted composers such as Stefans Grove, Paul Hembree, James Rich and David Childs.

Cobus held the principal position in the National Youth Orchestra which toured to Germany for the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Other orchestral experience includes the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Cobus also performed in productions at Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn as well as productions at Aardklop in Potchefstroom. Cobus can also be heard on Gypsy Violin, recorded under the Salon Music label with Gina Beukes, principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Cobus holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Pretoria where he studied flute under Professor John Hinch and is currently pursuing his Master's degree at the University of Colorado under Christina Jennings.

Updated:  July 30, 2008

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