Ernst van Tonder Ernst van Tonder (b. 24 February 1990, Knysna, South Africa) began his musical training at the age of 4 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, taking recorder lessons. In 1997 he moved to Richards Bay where he would receive most of his musical training. From 1997 he took piano lessons with Henriette Mans. In 1999 he went to Grantleigh College where he started clarinet lessons with Marietjie Lotz (Koortz) as well as piano and saxophone lessons with Hayley White (Smith) between 2007 and 2008. From 2008 he took private piano lessons with Anne-‐ Marie van der Merwe. It was in 2006 that Ernst started composing his first two works for piano, Flight of an Angel and A Mothers Memory. In 2008 Ernst was the bursary winner for the Zululand Mondi Eisteddfod, winning trophies for best own composition (Flight of an Angel), best woodwind solo (200 and 2008) as well as most versatile instrumentalist (2006 and 2008). In 2012 Ernst graduated with his BMus degree, specializing in composition, at the University of Stellenbosch, under the tutelage of Prof. Hans Roosenschoon and clarinet with Maria du Toit. 2013 marked the start of Ernst’s MMus degree, specializing in composition during which he was awarded the SAMRO composition bursary. Since 2011 he has had a number of his works premiered at both the KOMPOS concerts, a series of concerts for young composers at Stellenbosch University. Ernst has been a member of the Stellenbosch University Symphonic Brass Ensemble since 2009 as 1st clarinet (doubling on Eb clarinet and alto saxophone) and has performed in every KOMPOS concert (Orchestral and Chamber) since its start in 2010.
Published on Jan 21, 2014