Fun & games for violin and piano

FUN & GAMES for violin and piano with Piet Koornhof & Tinus Botha

26 October 2017



Two celebrated South African musicians – violinist Piet Koornhof and pianist Tinus Botha – have put together a programme of exciting and exhilarating works for violin and piano. From there the name “Fun & Games”. Concertgoers will be treated to a feast of music from Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” to Saint-Saëns’ “Dance Macabre” and De Valla’s “Ritual Fire Dance”. Piet and Tinus are both top notch lecturers at the NWU School of Music in Potchefstroom.

A comical reflection on the artists!

Piet Koornhof plays the violin and tries mostly in vain to teach others at North-West University in Potchefstroom. He has been doing it for so long that his left shoulder is higher than the other one and his face carries a permanent grimace. He was fortunate to study with one of the greatest violin teachers in history, Professor Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School in New York (USA), but as a confused teenager he learned much less than he should have. His great musical love is for chamber music, which he often plays with colleagues locally, and sometimes with friends overseas. He is pathologically obsessed with gliding and reading, even though he hardly ever has time for it. He greatly enjoys playing squash with his sons, mostly on the losing side. Oh, yes, he has a DMus degree in musical performance from the institution where he serves as associate professor.

Tinus plays the piano, sometimes rather nicely, if he has to say so himself. He is one of Piet’s dearest colleagues at the North-West University, where he endeavors towards all sorts of noble pursuits. Tinus studied in America (in spite of horrifying exchange rates), where he tried the patience of Jerome Lowenthal, José Feghali, and Harold Martina. After his triumphant return to the Republic, he perpetrated a range of concerts, and completed a DMus degree at the University of Pretoria with superhuman effort. Tinus’ hobbies include gardening, even though his lawn is not currently the lush feast for the eye that he had envisioned. He is planning a duo concert with his little yorkie, Giepie, who enjoys singing with piano accompaniment. He is a rabid proponent of the Oxford comma, and a stalwart in the struggle against abuse of the apostrophe.


  • R110 (adults)
  • *R70 (pensioners)
  • *R60 (UFS staff)
  • *R40 (students, learners and block bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket or online at

*Please note that tickets for pensioners, students, learners and UFS staff can only be purchased at a Computicket outlet (Shoprite Checkers) or at the doors since a valid card or ID has to be presented to qualify for the above mentioned discount.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)


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Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
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