Louisa Theart holds an MMUS from the Royal College of Music (2012) which she obtained after completing her BMus at UCT. Influential teachers include Bridget Rennie – Salonen, Sue Thomas and Simon Channing. In 2008 she was invited by world – renowned pedagogue, Trevor Wye, to study at his studio in Kent, an endeavour which she managed to complete during her undergraduate studies. Louisa regularly performs with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom she toured to Dubai and Hong Kong in 2017) and has also played as principal flute with the Free State Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 she appeared as soloist with the Musicanti Chamber Orchestra in Cape Town where she performed Vivaldi’s concerto for piccolo. In 2015 she performed at the National Arts Festival with Magdalene Minnaar in the acclaimed production Waansin which was described by critics as “medium- bending” and “breathtaking”. In 2016 she appeared as onstage musician in Cape Town Opera’s production of The Merry Widowof Malagawi. She has subsequently performed at many of South Africa’s Music and Arts Festivals as member of several chamber music groups and has commissioneda number of notable new works from South African composers through the SAMRO foundation. She is regularly booked to record soundtracks for films and documentaries in Cape Town’s budding filmscoring industry. Louisa is a keen producer of concerts and innovative performances that push the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. From 2015 - 2017 she acted as co-producer and curator for Biblioteek Productions under the auspices of which the highly popular In The Dark and CoMission concert series were produced. She recently teamed up with composers Matthijs van Dijk and Lucy Strauss to create Photoplay, a production in which iconic silent films are screened with live performances of newly created scores. Louisa also runs a successful music entertainment agency called Zest Music.
Louisa has been a finalist and prizewinner in most of South Africa’s national music competitions, most notably the National Youth Music Competition, the ATKV Muziq competition (woodwind category prize) and the UNISA national competition for winds where she won the prize for the best interpretation of a Baroque work. During her time at UCT, she was a prizewinner in the Schock Prize for Chamber Music Competition and she appeared as soloist with the KZN Philharmonic orchestra as well as the UCT Symphony Orchestra. She passed an audition during her second year to play as an extra player with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. During her studies in London she was generously supported by an Oppenheimer Foundation Scholarship and a National Arts Council bursary. Louisa regularly performed with the London Mahler Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under esteemed conductors such as the inimitable Lorin Maazel in venues like Cadogan Hall and St John's Smith Square. She was also selected to perform in masterclasses for Sir James Galway, Rachel Brown and Paul Edmund Davies.