Annamarie Bam (clarinet) graduated with the degrees B.Mus and B.Mus(Hons) from the University of the Free State, South Africa, having taken lessons with Harold Strebel in Cape Town and Heinrich Armer in Bloemfontein. She was the overall winner of the ATKV Forte competition and won the overseas scholarship for Performer’s Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy in London under John Davies, Richard Addison and Antony Pay and also attended master classes by Karl Leister in London and Guy Deplus in Nice. Her orchestral experience began at an early age in Bloemfontein where she joined various wind bands and also the PACOFS Orchestra as an ad hoc member. She was principal clarinet of the S.A. National Youth Orchestra for four consecutive years. When she returned from London, she joined the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal clarinet and was later promoted to co-principal. In 1992 she took up a full-time teaching position at the Musicon in Bloemfontein and rejoined PACOFS.
Annamarie is also an experienced chamber musician. At the moment she is a member of the Taffanel Trio with Marietjie Pauw (flute) and Bennie van Eeden (piano).This ensemble specializes in the performance of South African compositions for this combination. She teaches privately at home and at the Johnman Centre in Stellenbosch and began a recorder school (the Little Crickets) for young children in 2005. She recently also took up a part-time lectureship at the Stellenbosch Conservatorium where she teaches a course in clarinet repertoire and teaching methods. She lives in Somerset West with her husband and two daughters.
Tel: 021 851 6136 / 083 2909 703