Prof Catherine Foxcroft
Catherine Foxcroft [BMus (UCT), MMus, Diplom-Konzertsolistin (HMTMH), DMus (UP), UPLM (UNISA)] is an Associate Professor in Classical piano, Chamber music, and Music Psychology.
Hailed as one of South Africa’s finest pianists, Catherine Foxcroft combines a vibrant career in music as soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and researcher. As an undergraduate student of Prof Laura Searle at UCT, she won prizes in the SABC, ATKV and UNISA competitions and performed as soloist with all the South African orchestras. In 1991, she won first prize in the UNISA Overseas Scholarship Competition and the Jules Kramer Overseas Scholarship from UCT. This enabled her to continue studying performance with Prof Arie Vardi at the Musikhochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. During her time abroad, she was a semi-finalist and finalist at international competitions in Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, USA, and Italy.
Currently Head of Department and Associate Professor at the Department of Music and Musicology Rhodes University, Catherine performs frequently as a soloist with South African orchestras, and appears nationally and internationally in recital. In 2001 and 2004, she gave solo recitals on board the Maxim Gorky, a Russian/German cruise ship which was touring the USA, Canada, Europe and Russia. She has toured South Africa, Ireland and Germany with the Chameleon Trio (oboe/flute, bassoon, piano), and performs regularly with several established SA chamber ensembles, such as the Odeion string quartet, the Grahamstown sextet. She is a sought after accompanist, performing recently with renowned SA performers Liesl Stoltz (flute), Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute), Lizzie Rennie (viola), and Christian Bester (baritone). She has recorded for the SABC, Radio Telifis (Ireland), Nord Deutsche Radio and the West Deutsche Radio. Her CD recordings and live concert recordings are broadcast frequently on FMR and SAfm in South Africa.
Catherine’s piano students have won prizes at numerous national competitions, including the UNISA Grade 8, FMR, Grahamstown Music competition, SAMRO, KZNPO and JPO Youth Concerto Festivals. Several of her students have continued to study performance at internationally acclaimed music institutes such as the Guildhall School of Music UK (Terence Marais), Oxford University UK (Mia Pistorius) and Hochschule fur Musik Franz Liszt Weimar Germany (Christo Greyling). She acts frequently as an external examiner at SA Universities as well as the UNISA Directorate of Music practical examinations. She has adjudicated national music competitions such as Hennie Joubert, ATKV, Artscape, UNISA scholarship competition, UNISA International Piano competition, and SAMRO. She has been on the Faculty of the biennial Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium since 2006.
Catherine’s research interest lies in Music Psychology. She has presented her research at conferences at Rhodes University, University of Stellenbosch University, SASRIM, 2nd International Conference for Music and Emotion in Australia (2011), 12th International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition in Greece (2012), and the Performing Knowledge Conference, Cambridge (2016). In 2014, her academic studies concluded with the conferral of the DMus (Performing Arts) degree by the University of Pretoria.
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