VAN DER WALT, Jana

VAN DER WALT, Jana

Profession:
Harpist
City/Town:
Cape Town
Mobile:
079 496 1854
Email:
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Website:
http://www.harpnoted.com

Jana van der Walt commenced with her musical tuition at the age of six and received numerous awards at various Eisteddfods - amongst other gold medals for three consecutive years.

She was a member of the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, performing in Canada, Spain, France, Sweden and Denmark, as well as a member of the ProCantu Youth Choir later on.

Jana was awarded permanent placement on Unisa’s Roll of Honour for both harp and piano. She received a number of trophies for her harp playing, including the UNISA (Hennie Joubert) award for harp and attended international master classes for both harp and piano on a number of occasions. Jana completed both her Unisa exams with distinction and received a third position in the Western Cape for piano.

While studying, Jana founded and coached an a capella singing group as well as her residence’s serenading groups. She did compositions and song writing for these and was elected as adjudicator for the UFS’s Serenade competitions for three consecutive years. As an active orchestral harpist, Jana has performed with the South African National Youth Wind Orchestra, South African National Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra, Stellenbosch University Symphony Orchestra, Stellenbosch Camarata and the Stuttgart Academic Orchestra (Germany).

She was also the principal harpist of the MIAGI Orchestra (which regularly represents South Africa in Europe) and Jana performed at some of the best music halls and conservatoriums in the world such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Palace in Stockholm, Young Euro Classic and Schleswigholstein Music Festivals.

Jana practices as a registered architect (M.Arch. (UFS) cum laude) and is an ad hoc member (harpist) of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at present.

Her company, harpNOTED, performs at various occasions and events – either as a soloist or in small ensembles.

First published: 20.04.2017

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