van Heerden, CarinBIOGRAFIE
Carin van Heerden was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She was given extensive opportunities to perform and record for the radio and TV as a child. She left South Africa in 1982 for Namibia where she was appointed at the Conservatoire in Windhoek as recorder and oboe teacher. In 1983 she started professional studies at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Cologne where she studied for the following 3 years under Prof. Günther Höller (recorder) and Prof. Helmut Hucke (baroque oboe). Here she completed her teacher's and performer's diplomas as well as the Konzertexamen. She then continued her recorder studies under Walter van Hauwe in Amsterdam and finished there in 1989 with the Performer's Diploma "Uitvoerend Musicus". During these years she was the winner of international competitions, a.o. Tonger Wettbewerb, Cologne, 1986 and the ARD-Wettbewerb, Munich, 1988.
After her studies she performed with different ensembles and baroque orchestras, a.o. with Ton Koopman, Konrad Junghänel and Alan Curtis. She is often invited as member of the jury at international competitions. She was professor for recorder at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1993 – 2004. She has been teaching baroque oboe at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz since 1993 and has been appointed professor for recorder at the Musikhochschule Köln in April 2004. She regularly teaches at international summer schools.
Carin van Heerden is a founding member of the Austrian L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under the leadership of the violinist Michi Gaigg and performs with this orchestra, regularly also as soloist, all over Europe and Southern Africa. Various CD's with this orchestra have been released under the label CPO and have brought international acclaim.