Lisa White joined the Cape Town Philharmonic at the end of January 2018 as principal oboe. She graduated from the SA College of Music at UCT with a B Mus, studying with Ioanna Matei. She then went to the University of New Mexico for her Master’s, studying with Kevin Vigneau who will be remembered as principal oboe of the CTSO perhaps 30 years ago.

The winner of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in 2015 and the SACM Chamber Music Prize in 2013 and 2014, she was also on the Dean’s Merit List at UCT from 2011- 2014.

She has had plenty of experience, playing, for instance, in the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, University of New Mexico Symphony, Stellenbosch ICMF, Free State Symphony and Eastern Cape Philharmonic. She has worked as a graduate assistant at the University of New Mexico, and an orchestra assistant at the UCT Symphony Orchestra and has taught her instrument at South Peninsula High School. She has also been an assistant lecturer at the annual Swakmunder Musikwoche in Swakopmund.

Aside from classical music, Lisa enjoys being outdoors, “so I’m especially glad to be in Cape Town with its amazing natural heritage, and I enjoy baking in my spare time. Musically, I also enjoy contemporary art music, chamber music, and have recently begun exploring the contemporary oboe repertoire. I’ve also been involved in an experimental improvisation ensemble at the University of New Mexico and I am glad to be home.”

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