Doctorate of Music,University of Iowa; Master’s of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States
After her musical debut at age 7, performing as soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, she won several national music competitions, awards and bursaries including the Sanlam Music Competition (1994), Absa National Music Competition (Piano Category: 1998), ATKV Prelude Competition (2000), Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition (2000), Lionel Bowman Beethoven Competition (2001) and UNISA overseas scholarship for Teachers (2003).
She has been soloist with major national orchestras as a young pianist including the Cape Town Philharmonic, Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. She recently made her debut as soloist with the Free State Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Her teachers included Ella Fourie, Joseph Stanford, Daniel Shapiro, Paul Schenly and Uriel Tsachor. In addition, she has received master classes from well-known piano pedagogues including Andrzej Jasiński, Lionel Bowman, Frank Heneghan, Joseph Banowetz, Adam Wodnicki, Eric Larsen, Enrico Elisi, Rebecca Penneys, Christopher Harding and Sean Duggan.
Grethe is also an avid chamber musician. She has regularly performed with faculty and guest artists at the University of Iowa. Since her return to South Africa in 2015 she has been part of numerous chamber recitals and ensembles performing at universities across the country. Performances in 2016 and 2017 included the Grahamstown Arts Festival, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn Klein Karoo Klassique, FynArts Festival and Music in the Mountains. Her contribution to the performance at the Vrystaat Kunstefees won ‘best overall artists’ in 2017.
During March of 2017, she was invited as part of a selected few alumni to present masterclasses and give a solo recital at the University of Iowa’s Piano Alumni Festival. In 2018 she took part in chamber recitals at the Clarinet Festival held in Belgium.