Odile, Education Manager of and teacher at Masidlale, is the epitome of the CPO’s ideal of skills transfer. This Cape Town-born violinist studied with Isabel Arzul and Suzanne Martens and in 1999 joined what is now the Ronnie Samaai Music Education Project. As a youngster Odile regularly attended workshops presented by the Cape Town Symphony Orchestras and in 2003 became a founding member of the CPYO, where in 2007 she became concertmaster. She is also the daughter of CPO Board Member Felicia Lesch who is an educator and Stellenbosch University. Samaai is also on the CPO Board.
Odile obtained her BMus (performance) and MMus (chamber music) from Stellenbosch University. In 2016 she completed a Diploma in Practical Music Education (violin pedagogy) at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, Norway.
Odile has received solo and chamber music masterclasses from Ivry Gitlis, Daniel Rowland, Frank Stadler, Zoe Beyers, Stephan Barratt-Due, Joseph Swensen, Sergey Malov, Jan Repko, Heidi Litschauer, and the Arianna String Quartet, amongst others.
Odile is an avid chamber and orchestral musician who regularly performs as part of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Tinta Barocca and other orchestras in Cape Town.