Tinus Botha
Tinus Botha
Job Title: 
Associate Professor
+27 18 299-1693
Physical Address: 
Conservatory (Building K1), Room 213

DMus (UP) | MMus (TCU) | BMus (UP) | UTLM | UPLM | LTCL

Pianist and educator Tinus Botha has been the recipient of several awards, including the silver medal at the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition for high school students in Wellington (1994), the UNISA South African Music Scholarship (1995), the prestigious DJ Roode Overseas Scholarship (1996), and the Gertrude Buchanan Prize (1998). He was also a finalist and prize winner in the first Nederburg South African National Piano Competition (1998), and performed as soloist with a number of orchestras in South Africa.

He has had master classes with renowned teachers such as Andzrej Jasinski, Maria Gineva, Gustavo Romero, Timothy Ehlen, Martino Tirimo, Fabio Bidini, Russell Sherman, and Zhou Guangren, among others. In 1999 he was one of ten young pianists worldwide chosen to attend the summer festival of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California as a full scholarship student of Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School of Music). In January 2000 he moved to Fort Worth, Texas to pursue graduate studies under the tutelage of renowned pianists José Feghali and Harold Martina.

He performs widely as soloist, collaborator and chamber musician, and appeared in many cities in South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. He served as one of the official accompanists at the 2006 Unisa International Singing Competition, as well as the 2010 International Strings Competition. He is in demand as examiner and adjudicator, and acts as external examiner for various South African universities.

In April 2008, his formal studies were concluded with the conferral of the DMus (Performing Arts) degree by the University of Pretoria under the guidance of Joseph Stanford. He is currently associate professor of piano at North-West University in Potchefstroom, as well as president of the South African chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association. He was appointed as editor of The South African Music Teacher in July 2018.