Community engagement coordinator
South African pianist Emma Luyendijk’s commitment to community outreach through music has lead to invitations to collaborate with some of the world’s most important artistic organizations. Among various projects in her home country’s non-profit sector, Luyendijk has worked abroad alongside the international music organization El Sistema teaching music to victims of the 2011 tsunami. In 2016, she was certified by Musicians Without Borders through the School for International Training Graduate Institute’s Peacebuilding Program.
In demand as a pianist and vocal coach, in 2017, Luyendijk collaborated with Berlin-based director Kobie van Rensburg and the Umculo Opera Incubator on a unique presentation of Schubert Lieder entitled Schande. Schande provided some of Cape Town’s marginalized communities the opportunity to experience art song in their own language.
Luyendijk has been the recipient of the Brown-Loranger Fellowship at SongFest, the United States’ premier art song festival. She began her studies in piano performance and psychology at the University of Cape Town and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance with honors. Upon graduation, Luyendijk was granted the Pulvermacher Award in Music Research for her thesis entitled “Music as a Mediator for Peace and Conflict: Manipulating Evoked Responses”.
Luyendijk has worked with preeminent performers and composers of art song including William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, Roger Vignoles, and Kevin Murphy. Her mentors have included Javier Arrebola and Albie van Schalkwyk.