Louisa Theart holds a BMUS Hons from UCT and an MMUS from the Royal College of Music in London where she graduated in 2012. In South Africa Louisa has studied with Bridget Rennie- Salonen and her teachers in England include Sue Thomas and Simon Channing. In 2008 she was invited to study with world renowned flute pedagogue Trevor Wye, an endeavour which she managed to complete during her undergraduate studies. As a student, Louisa received several prizes and awards from most major South African music competitions. (Absa National Youth Music Competition, Schock Chamber Music Prize UCT, UNISA Gr. 8 Competition and the Stellenbosch Ensemble Competition) She also performed as soloist with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Whilst studying in London Louisa performed at venues such as Cadogen Hall and St John’s Smith Square with orchestras such as the London Mahler Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra. At the RCM she was regularly selected as principal flute and piccolo of various orchesral ensembles and had the opportunity to perform with the inimitable Lorin Maazel. She was also selected to play in a master class for Sir James Galway.
Upon her return to South Africa, Louisa won the woodwind category prize at the ATKV Muziq competition 2012 and the Desmond Wilson Memorial Prize for the best performance of a Baroque work during the 2013 UNISA National Competition for wind instruments. She appears as an ad hoc orchestral musician on a regular basis performing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom she toured to Dubai and Hong Kong) and the Free State Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly as a chamber musician and has appeared at various venues in and around Cape Town including St Andrew’s Church, Youngblood Art Gallery, La Motte and Nederburg. She has also performed at festivals such as the National Arts Festival, US Woordfees ,Greyton Music Festival, Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival and the Hermanus Fynarts Festival.
Louisa is a keen producer and together with Magdalene Minnaar and Biblioteek Productions she works to take innovative music productions to venues and festivals all over South Africa. Louisa is also the owner of a successful music entertainment business called Zest Music