Hearing a flute rendition of the theme song of the movie, Titanic, performed by an older learner at school and funnelled Zoé Park, 16, from Brackenfell in Cape Town to take up the flute. She says with that performance she was gobsmacked and wanted to master the flute.
The bubbly young star started playing music at the age of seven with Anita Ferreira. When she switched to the flute, Jeanie Kelly of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre became her teacher until 2014. Over the past five years, she is being tutored by Dr Liesl Stolz.
Apart from the flute, the Grade 11 learner at the El Shaddai Christian School also plays the piano and piccolo. She has achieved Grade Six in piano with UNISA and only recently started playing the piccolo as part of the Cape Philharmonic Wind Orchestra.
In 2015 Zoé received the Vesna Milakovic trophy at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. In the same and following year, she received two awards for her Cum Laude’s and achievements in getting the top results in both her category and the overall Flute division. She was also asked to perform as a soloist for the Tygerberg Kunswedstryd Prestige Awards Concert in 2016.
During 2017 she was category runner-up in the Johann Vos Competition performed in 2018 as soloist with the symphonic orchestra at the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival. This year will be her second time to contest the National Youth Music Competition.
Although her parents are not playing music, they are actively involved in the young flautist’s music activities. She has a younger brother who is playing the piano.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Bach is her favourite composer. Apart from his varied repertoire of compositions, the vast and intricate stories he tells through his music enthrals the budding young flautist as his music contains powerful dramatic bits and chilling quiet bits - the haunting bits and the heartfelt romantic bits. In her opinion his work is really the essence of art at its finest.
Zoé tries to fit in three hours of practise per day amid her busy lifestyle. Her extramural activities include being a member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Orchestra, is involved in a few outreach programmes and playing the flute in her church’s worship team.
She entered the NYMC as she loves the atmosphere and buzz of the competition. It offers one the opportunity to be part of something bigger than oneself. It furthermore offers the chance to meet many influential, inspiring individuals. “It is quite an experience,” she says.
On completion of matric Zoé want to study medicine.