Originally from Franschhoek, Elizabeth Catharina was born into a family steeped in music and the arts. Her father Roucher du Toit is an acclaimed concert organist and pianist who performs internationally. His siblings studied music, his mother was a pianist, organist and a singer. On her mothers side, her grandmother, Elizabeth Catharina Hugo was a pianist, violinist and classically trained opera singer.
Elizabeth Catharina started violin at the age of five and played her Grade 1 Royal Schools violin exam before she went to school. Awarded a music scholarship for violin and voice, she attended St Cyprian’s School for Girls. Continuing her success track record in violin while simultaneously participating actively in cultural and leadership activities she publicly performed the double Bach violin concerto at the age of ten, obtained her ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music) Theory Grade 5 at age twelve and thereafter three Grade Eights, the first being for violin at the age of fifteen. Elizabeth Catharina was the leader of St Cyprian’s School orchestra in grade 11 and 12. She was the leader of both the Beau Soleil Senior String Orchestra and the leader of the Beau Soleil String Quartet in 2008. Elizabeth Catharina was also a first violinist in the South African National Youth Orchestra in 2011.
Elizabeth Catharina’s real passion lies in voice. While she sang informally in her childhood, her very impressive singing career commenced with formal training at eighteen as a student of her father Roucher du Toit and Prof. Virginia Davids at the University of Cape Town’s Music Department. A highlight of her training was attending the internationally acclaimed Il Trilo Music Conservatoire in Florence for Voice and Violin in 2009.
Elizabeth Catharina graduated her undergraduate studies, with distinction, a double major in violin and voice in 2012. In 2013 she graduated with a BMus Honours degree in voice with a first class at the University of Cape Town’s, South African College of Music. Elizabeth Catharina completed her Masters degree in Musicology at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. She also graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera at The University of Cape Town at the same time as her Masters degree. Elizabeth has released two albums, VOX which was Fine Music Radio’s CD of the week in 2012, and Re: Cycles in 2015.
Elizabeth Catharina has performed as a soloist for many prestigious events among these, performing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate for His Grace Arch Bishop Tutu on two separate occasions, soloist for the KKNK Klasique festival with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, she performed the National Anthem at the Santa Shoebox opening ceremony for Helen Zille, soloist at Clover Aardklop festival, soloist at age 12 for KykNet’s Christmas concert, soprano soloist for the annual Handel’s Messiah with Cape Town Philharmonia Choir and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town’s City Hall in 2015 and 2016, she performed at the Greyton Festival which was also broadcast on the KykNet’s, Fiesta. She has performed in Salzburg and various cathedrals in Germany, including the Koln Dom for the European Summer Music Festival in Cologne in 2014, Dillingen Basilica in 2015, Würzburg Cathedral in 2016 and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin 2017. Elizabeth Catharina has appeared on various radio stations including RSG, FMR and 5FM.
Elizabeth Catharina is the founder and owner of DU IT MUSIC, a music school for physically and learning disabled students, which opened in 2016.
Elizabeth Catharina frequently appears as a motivational speaker. An ex-Vista Nova School student, Elizabeth Catharina suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has overcome many obstacles in her life.