Organ and Panflute Concert

SPA50035 (2)

DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2015
TIME:  7:30 pm
LOCATION: Grace Canadian Reformed Church
10301 Creditview Road (at Fairhill Avenue), Brampton Ontario
Organist Andre Knevel (Bio below)
Pan flutist Liselotte Rokyta (Bio below)
Rejoice the Lord is King Choir
Instruments of Praise Orchestra
ADMISSION: $15/Adult – $10/Student – $5/Child
Proceeds will go to Word and Spirit Ministries
For more information call Marg Schoon @ 905 840 2444

Bios of Guest Artists

ANDRE KNEVEL – Biography

The organist, Andre Knevel, was born in Bussum, The Netherlands. At a very early age he began to show a lively interest in the organ and began taking formal piano and organ lessons at the age of 8. Among others, his teachers were: Dr. J.Van Stokkum, Rutger Van Mazijk, and Willem Hendrik Zwart. Andre Knevel gave his first official organ recital at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed organist in Hilversum.

In 1975, Andre Knevel immigrated to Canada, making St. Catharines his permanent residence. He continued and completed his studies with Dr. John Tuttle, Associate Professor of the University of Toronto. Mr. Knevel now maintains a full teaching schedule of organ and piano at home and in several different Christian schools.

Presently he gives many recitals throughout Canada, USA, South Africa and Europe. Each summer he goes on his yearly tour of The Netherlands, where he performs anywhere from 30 to 40 concerts on many of the magnificent organs of his native country. Recently he also had the privilege of giving recitals, amongst others, on the organs of Wittenberg and Torgau, Germany, the region of the famous reformer, Martin Luther.He also gives concerts in Romania,Poland and has been recently invited to play in Russia.

As well, Andre Knevel is the regular accompanist of several mixed and male choirs, and often guest organist for other choirs and musical events. As a sensitive accompanist for solo instruments such as flute, panflute, violin, harp and piano. He also works on a regular basis with the talented panflutist, Liselotte Rokyta. Andre Knevel has delighted audiences far and wide. Numerous CD recordings have been made of solo organ or combined with the above mentioned choirs and instruments. He is an accomplished player of major organ works and a master improviser. In this way he seeks to share his love and talent for music with the audience but above all, desires it to be to the greater glory of God.

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Liselotte Rokyta  -Biography

    After a two year study with the pan flutist Damian Luca, Liselotte Rokyta studied to play the pan flute at the Academy of Music in Hilversum and the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam with the internationally renowned Romanian pan flute-player Nicolae Pîrvu. She took master classes with Gheorghe Zamfir and Simion Stanciu and regularly travelled to Romania to familiarise herself with the authentic Romanian style of playing. Liselotte is seen as one of the important non-Romanian performers who master the Romanian style.
From 1994 – 1998 Liselotte studied Romanian philology at the University of Amsterdam. Because of her studies she lived in Maramureş (North Romania) for a three month period, where she investigated the (until now rather unknown) vocal form called “Hora cu noduri”. The experiences she gained in those months still inspire her while performing.
Liselotte works closely together with the Dutch-Canadian organist André Knevel with whom she performs in approximate 50 concerts yearly in the Netherlands, Canada and the United States. In Europe Liselotte often performs with the well-known organists Martin Mans (the Netherlands) and Jaroslav Tůma (Czech Republic) and her concerts brought her to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland and South-Africa. Next to that she forms a cimbalom/pan flute duo with her husband Jan Rokyta. Together they offer a programme that combines classical music with world music. “Syrinx” and “Claire the Lune” of Claude Debussy as well as arranged music of Béla Bartók form their main repertoire.

As a performing artist Liselotte is attached to the company STH-RECORDS. As a teacher she has gained a lot of experience through her posts at the Academy of Music in Zwolle and Tilburg and the Bourdon Higher vocational education of Music (a music academy). From 2007 she has started her private education practice in The Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Canada. From 2002 Liselotte teaches classes at the “Summer School of Early Music” in Prachatice (Czech Republic). Besides her instrumental abilities is Liselotte also a supreme speaker and presenter of many concerts.
Liselotte is since 2008 a qualified “Wine Connoisseur of the Dutch Academy of Wine” and together with her husband Jan Rokyta she organizes musical wine events for businesses and private persons. The program “A Musical History of Wine”, where she has a soloist part (as pan flutist and storyteller), has been successfully performed over thirty times in the Netherlands during Music and Wine Events (at the Rabobank and other companies).
In 2009 Liselotte also added the Advanced Certificate, an international renowned wine diploma of the British wine training institute Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to her accomplishments.

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