STELLENBOSCH INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
New Artists to the 2017 SICMF
Robert Fokkens is a South African composer based in the UK. His music has been performed in many major venues in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall), South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the USA and Japan, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performers of his music include Pierre-Andre Valade, Ernst Kovacic, Ian Partridge, Martyn Brabbins, the South African National Youth Orchestra, Oliver Coates, The Fibonacci Sequence, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, rarescale, Trio Fibonacci, Tim Murray, Harriet Mackenzie, juice and soprano Claire Booth. Robert’s music is published by Composers Edition and Tetractys Publishing. Tracing Lines - a portrait CD of his chamber music with the Fidelio Trio, Carla Rees (bass flute) and Patricia Rozario (soprano) - was released on Metier in early 2014. His music has also been published in the journals The Liberal, Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa,and in Choir and Organ magazine, and recorded on the Prima Facie, Herald, TUTL and South African National Youth Orchestra labels. Robert studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music, and held the Manson Fellowship at the RAM. During this time he worked with many composers including George Crumb, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Ades, Simon Bainbridge, Poul Ruders, and Mauricio Kagel. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton in 2007, where he was supervised by Michael Finnissy. Throughout his studies, Robert was generously supported by a number of prizes and scholarships, including a Countess of Munster Musical Trust bursary, the South African Music Rights Organisation Overseas Scholarship, a National Arts Council of South Africa award, an Overseas Research Scheme scholarship, and a bursary awarded by the Royal Academy of Music. His doctoral studies were also supported by a University of Southampton Major Studentship. Robert is a Lecturer in Composition at Cardiff University, where he teaches composition across all levels and directs the Contemporary Music Group. He was elected as an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014.
I’ve just been watching us on SABC and relived a wonderful hour or so. It was fabulous. It gives so much hope for our children. I was deeply moved as I looked at black kids from the so called informal settlements playing those instruments. It says wow,we have such fantastic potential. What an amazing country we have it in us to become. And you helped us to hold on to the dream of 1994. Thank you. It was a huge privilege. Love and blessings,
Arch. Desmond Tutu
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