B i o g r a p h y
Hailed by the South African press as a world class performer, flautist Dawid Venter enjoys a multifaceted career as orchestral player, soloist, chamber and session musician. He has performed concertos with the prominent orchestras in South Africa and his playing is often broadcast on radio and television. He has been praised for his “colourful tone, brilliance and delicacy”. He held positions as principal flautist in several symphony orchestras, including the National Chamber Orchestra and the New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra Pretoria. Over the years, he has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Gérard Korsten, Douglas Boyd, Carlo Franci and Ralph Gothoni. His experience in the field of contemporary music has given him the opportunity to perform in the Orchestre des flûtes français and the Ensemble Alternance in Paris.
Dawid Venter was born in Stellenbosch where he completed his undergraduate studies. He holds the prestigious Diplôme de Concertiste (à l’unanimité du jury) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and he obtained a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Pretoria with distinction. His teachers include Eva Tamassy, Devy Erlih and Pierre-Yves Artaud. He is a recipient of various prestigious awards and scholarships in South Africa, France and Great Britain.
He currently lives in London with his wife and sons, where he holds the position of Principal Flautist in the Band of Her Majesty’s Grenadier Guards. In this capacity, he has received medals and awards for excellence from the Corps of Army Music as well as the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He frequently appears as soloist with the Band and has been privileged to perform in prominent state functions such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the opening of the Olympic Games in London, the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the centenary of the First World War, as well as numerous investitures and performances abroad. He frequently performs as freelance player in session recordings, opera productions and regularly performs recitals, notably with his duo partner Ben Schoeman.