Antoni Schonken


Antoni Schonken was born in 1987 and raised in Mossel Bay, South Africa. At Stellenbosch University, he studied piano with Bennie van Eeden, recorder with Karin Maritz, and composition with Hans Roosenschoon. He was awarded his BMus cum laude in 2009, BMus(Hons) cum laude in 2011 and MMus cum laude in 2013. Currently, he is studying towards a PhD with a focus on developing a generalised theory of orchestration practice. His compositions, which display elements of minimalism, impressionism and indigenous Southern African styles, have already received some critical acclaim. In recent reviews, his music is described as finely choreographed with a keen focus on developing vocal qualities within instrumental genres. He has received commissions from various professional ensembles and institutions, including the Paz Consort and the SU Chamber Choir. On a performance side his vocal ensemble, Acastella, has received international acclaim for its work in serious and popular music; the ensemble was invited as guest choir to the 2013 International Russian Choral Festival, The Singing World. Most recently, Antoni was announced as winner of the 2014 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship for Composers. He is also double recipient of the prestigious Harry Crossley Scholarship for postgraduate research.

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