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Cobus du Toit
South African native Cobus du Toit is praised for technical facility that makes everything look easy (Opus Colorado) and rich tone that is especially impressive (Herald Tribune). Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”
As a concerto soloist Mr. du Toit has performed with orchestras around the globe. Prominent appearances include the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic, International Symphony Orchestra “Taurida” (St. Petersburg, Russia), Boulder Philharmonic, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Du Toit is also the principal flute for Boulder Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Du Toit has been a prize winner at the 1st UNISA Southern African National Competition for Woodwinds and Brass, the Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Competition and the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition. As an international soloist, Cobus has performed in Taiwan, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, France and the USA.
Mr. Du Toit is currently the flute player of the Antero Winds, a Colorado based professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at both the Plowman and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. Mr. du Toit has two commercially released recordings available for purchase. Tríptico with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton and Mythavian with pianist Doreen Lee. Both these recordings explore the expanding possibilities for these ensembles with commissioned works and an emphasis on works written in the 21st century.
Current projects include a double CD recording of the complete flute oeuvre by Jacques Castérède for the Naxos label and the #WeBringFlowers project. The #WeBringFlowers project is a set of 6 commissions with a strong social consciousness either directly confronting or revolting against the violence that is extremely active in modern society.
Mr. Du Toit holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria where he studied flute under Professor John Hinch and graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado. He also received his Masters Degree from the same institution where he studied under Christina Jennings. Mr. du Toit serves on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.