Dr Grethe Nöthling (piano) holds a Doctorate of Music from the University of Iowa and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA. After her musical debut at age 7, performing as soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, she won several national music competitions, awards and bursaries including the Sanlam Music Competition (1994), ABSA National Music Competition (Piano Category: 1998), ATKV Prelude Competition (2000), Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition (2000), Lionel Bowman Beethoven Competition (2001) and UNISA Overseas Scholarship for Teachers (2003).
As a young pianist she performed as a soloist with the CPO, KZN Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. More recently she made her debut as soloist with the Free State Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Her teachers included Ella Fourie, Joseph Stanford, Daniel Shapiro, Paul Schenly and Uriel Tsachor.
Grethe is also an avid chamber musician and performed regularly with faculty and guest artists at the University of Iowa. Since her return to South Africa in 2015 she has performed at numerous music festivals across the country, including the Grahamstown Arts Festival, Vrystaat Kunstefees, Klein Karoo Klassique, Hermanus FynArts Festival and Music in the Mountains.
Grethe has served as adjudicator at the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy, Johann Vos, Pieter Kooij and the Mabel Quick Music Competitions. In March of 2017, she was invited to present masterclasses and give a solo recital at the University of Iowa’s Piano Alumni Festival. She was also part of the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium in 2018 presenting a lecture on ‘The Pianist’s Approach’.
She has lectured in piano and piano method at the Odeion School of Music and at the South African College of Music, UCT. In 2022 she was appointed as resident accompanist and piano educator at Beau Soleil Music Centre in Cape Town.