The Immortal Beloved

Odeion School of Music musicians - cellist Anmari van der Westhuizen and clarinetist Danrè Strydom - will be joined by acclaimed pianist Ben Schoeman to perform some of the greatest works composed for this chamber grouping. This is, arguably, one of the most beautiful chamber music combinations and the group will perform some of the magnificent compositions written by Beethoven, Brahms and Zemlinsky. The trio will also be shining a light on South African composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Tango, It takes Two. An evening to remember with The Immortal Beloved.

The South African pianist and Steinway Artist Ben Schoeman is a senior lecturer in music at the University of Pretoria. He won several awards, including the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition (2008), the gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition (London, 2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2011), the contemporary music prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition (USA, 2013), and the Huberte Rupert Prize (2016). He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances at numerous prestigious concert halls internationally. He has performed with numerous conductors, including Nicholas Cleobury, Carlos Izcaray, James Judd, Gérard Korsten, Theodore Kuchar, Diego Masson, En Shao, Yasuo Shinozaki, Arjan Tien and Conrad van Alphen. He studied in Pretoria, Imola, Florence and London with renowned professors such as Joseph Stanford, Louis Lortie, Michel Dalberto, Boris Petrushansky, Ronan O’Hora and Eliso Virsaladze. Ben obtained a doctorate in music from City, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Danrè Strydom has established herself as one of South Africa’s premier solo, chamber and orchestral musicians through her global concert experience. She began her musical training in Namibia and after attending the Interlochen Arts Camp (USA), she began her formal studies with Heinrich Armer (UFS). She furthered her studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with renowned clarinetists Eli Eban and Eric Hoeprich. She holds two master’s degrees in Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Performance from the Royal Conservatory (Ghent University) and recently completed her PhD at the OSM. Danrè studied conducting with various established conductors, including the late Chris Dowdeswell and Dirk Brosse. After playing clarinet/bass clarinet for the award-winning Brussels Philharmonic from 2009 to 2013, she accepted a position as woodwind lecturer at the OSM.

Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) graduated from the University of Stellenbosch (BMusHons), from the Mozarteum, Salzburg (Grosses Diplom), and from the Hochschule für Musik (Cologne) with Maria Kliegel (Konzertexamen). In 2013 Anmari received her PhD from the University of Pretoria. She has won prestigious competitions including the ATKV Forte Competition, the SABC Competition and the Oude Meester Competition. Anmari has performed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major Op. 11
  • Brahms: Trio in A minor Op. 114
  • Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor Op. 3
  • Hofmeyr: It takes Two (1. Tango Amabile; 2. Tango Lugubre)


  • R130 (adults)
  • *R70 (pensioners)
  • *R70 (UFS staff)
  • *R50 (students, learners and block bookings of 10+)

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*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.

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