Anneke Lamont

Anneke is recognised as top concert pianist and musical academic specialising in harmony, in South Africa.Already at the age of 12, Anneke was performing JS Bach’s Preludes and Fugues, ordinarily something that those reading bachelor degrees at University would be doing. Her curriculum vitae spans a litany of accolades, performances and recordings, too many to mention here, and the following are a few of the highlights.


As winner of an annual UNISA Overseas Scholarship, as well as a SAMRO bursary, Anneke furthered her studies with the famous Israeli pianist Arie Vardi in Germany. Later she was awarded a doctorate (PhD) from University of Free State, and is currently enrolled at Radboud University in the Netherlands in post-doctoral research – a collaborative study of the work “De Prufundis” by JS Bach and the modernist composer Arvo P”art.

Anneke is associated with the University of Pretoria as a resident performer and educator, and is also a member of the Afrikaans Academy for Science and Arts. She is an examiner for the UNISA Music Examinations, and was on the screening panel for the 2008 International Piano competitions.

She is a jury member for the ATKV Musiq competition, and was actively involved in the creation of Musiqanto, which crowns the most talented singers between the ages of 18 and 35 nationwide. Anneke has also been a panellist for the Artscape National Youth Music Competition. She has given several masterclasses, including a series in collaboration with Angela Hewitt on the interpretation of the keyboard works by JS Bach.


Anneke has publicly performed most of the repertoire for classical pianists, on most of the stages in theaters and auditoriums throughout South Africa – and several abroad. In addition, she was involved in the performance of modern South African compositions through the “Obelisk” project, and participated in the project “Zeno” with the famous William Kentridge and Kevin Volans.

Her wealth of musical experience allows her to specialise in musical production, with focus on harmony and song construction. She was twice invited to perform at the Master Piano Series at the University of Johannesburg. Since 2000, Anneke has regularly performed, as a soloist, in several of the National Music and Arts Festivals in Grahamstown, Franschhoek, Potchefstroom and Knysna.


With a particular interest also in accompaniment (requiring a different skill-set from performing) Anneke has played alongside the internationally famous cellists Alexander Ivashkin and Gary Hoffman on their concert tours of South Africa in 2005 and 2008 respectively. For over twenty years she has been an official accompanist for the UNISA International singing and string competitions, and renders accompaniment services also to the Music Department of the University of Pretoria. She has shared the stage in this capacity also with several of South Africa’s leading performers: Handri Loots (flautist), Anzel Gerber (cellist) and Nicholas Nicolaidis (tenor) as well as in duet with another of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, Christopher Duigan.


Anneke’s playing is featured regularly on Classic FM, as a result of the numerous recordings she has made over the years, not only in solo performance but also with other soloists. She has over ten commercially released CD’s to her credit. In 2009, she was the music producer for Charl du Plessis’s best-selling release “Piano Man”, in which she acted in an advisory capacity on the musicality and harmony production of the Piano Man album.

Anneke currently divides her time between the duties of performer, accompanist and educator with her position as Director of Music at Oakhill School in Knysna. She is married to Arnold, who runs the online education institution SSIR, and they have three children.

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