With the motto: “Coffee first”, flautist Lisa van Wyk, 19, from Durbanville in Cape Town is having her third go at the National Youth Music Competition (NYMC), having progressed last year to the semi-finals of the competition. Being the youngest in the family, the rising star was born with music in her veins. Her mother studied music and plays the pipe organ while her older sister is playing the piano and the organ. One of the two older brothers plays guitar and trumpet.
Lisa started her music trajectory at the age of seven when she followed in her sister’s footsteps by taking piano lessons. Her first teacher was Annerine Burger. Four years later she switched to the flute and is studying the flute with Liesl Stolz since 2013.
Unlike many other contestants, the budding flautist did not take a sabbatical from the NYMC and participated in her matric year and tackle the 2018 contest shortly before writing her matric exams.
Her motivation for entering the NYMC is manifold. According to her, the competition offers her the opportunity to gain experience, to improve her technique and to learn more repertoire. It also allows her to get to know other young musicians.
Last year she won her category in the Johann Vos music competition and in August this year she was a soloist at the Youth Music Festival, performing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) under the baton of Brandon Phillips, who will also be on the podium at the NYMC Finalists’ Gala Concert on 12 October.
The young flautist’s favourite composer is the female French composer, Cécile Chaminade as she loves French music. She is also one of a few female composers who wrote well-known music works.
She practises three hours per day and in her free time, Lisa is playing netball and table tennis for her residence. She further likes to play squash with her sister and spends time with her friends.
On completion of her studies at the University of Stellenbosch, the rising star would love to work overseas, either as a performer or a music educator.