Short version - English
Zanta Hofmeyr graduated from The Juilliard School of Music where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang. After her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall(now Weil recital hall), she returned to South Africa in 1985.
A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, her most recent awards include a nomination as best female artist at the KKNK arts festival as well as a SAMA nomination for her cd CANTILENA. Other awards include Woman of the Year(Rapport/City Press), Afrikoon(ATKV) and a “Zanta Hofmeyr” rose from Ludwig Tassner.
In 2009 she received high acclaim for her performances of the Britten, Bruch, Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos. A strong proponent of new compositions, she gave the South African premiere of “Raptus” by Hendrik Hofmeyr with the Artscape Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 and in 2005 with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
From her extensive recital repertoire her performances with pianist Malcolm Nay of the ten Beethoven violin sonatas, the Brahms, Prokofiev and Grieg sonatas, stand out as particular highlights. In 2009 they gave the first performance of Hendrik Hofmeyr’s first sonata for violin and piano. Another successful collaboration has been with pianist Charl du Plessis in the ‘Beethoven Tango’ programme which has been lauded by critics and audiences. In 2010 she and Wim Viljoen(organist) gave the first performance of a new sonata for violin and organ by Richard Pantcheff at the Unisa organ symposium.
Zanta currently teaches at the Universities of Pretoria and the Witwatersrand. She often acts as string coach for youth orchestras and has been on the faculty of the International Chamber music Festival at the University of Stellenbosch.
Her recordings include “Zanta Hofmeyr plays Arioso” with organist Wim Viljoen and with pianist Malcolm Nay the album “Romantic Violin”. In 2009 she released “Cantilena” – a second collaboration with Wim Viljoen. In 2011 a new CD Beethoven Tango were released in which she and pianist Charl du Plessis perform works by Piazzolla, Sting and Jazz standards.