a two year study with the panflutist Damian Luca, Liselotte Rokyta
studied to play the panflute at the Academy of Music in Hilversum and
the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam with the internationally renowned
Romanian panflute-player Nicolae Pîrvu. She took master classes with
Gheorghe Zamfir and Simion Stanciu and regularly travelled to Romania to
familiarise herself with the authentic Romanian style of playing.
Liselotte is seen as one of the important non-Romanian performers who
master the Romanian style.
From 1994 – 1998 Liselotte studied Romanian philology at the University
of Amsterdam. Because of her studies she lived in Maramureş (North
Romania) for a three month period, where she investigated the (until now
rather unknown) vocal form called “Hora cu noduri”. The experiences she
gained in those months still inspire her while performing.
Liselotte works closely together with the Dutch-Canadian organist André
Knevel with whom she performs in approximate 50 concerts yearly in the
Netherlands, Canada and the United States. In Europe Liselotte often
performs with the well-known organists Martin Mans (the Netherlands) and
Jaroslav Tůma (Czech Republic) and her concerts brought her to the Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland and South-Africa. Next to that
she forms a cimbalom/panflute duo with her husband Jan Rokyta. Together
they offer a programme that combines classical music with world music.
“Syrinx” and “Claire the Lune” of Claude Debussy as well as arranged
music of Béla Bartók form their main repertoire. As a performing artist
Liselotte is attached to the company STH-RECORDS. As a teacher she has
gained a lot of experience through her posts at the Academy of Music in
Zwolle and Tilburg and the Bourdon Higher vocational education of Music
(a music academy). From 2007 she has started her private education
practice in The Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Canada. From 2002
Liselotte teaches classes at the “Summer School of Early Music” in
Prachatice (Czech Republic).
Besides her instrumental abilities is Liselotte also a supreme speaker
and presenter of many concerts.
Liselotte is since 2008 a qualified “Wine Connoisseur of the Dutch
Academy of Wine” and together with her husband Jan Rokyta she organizes
musical wine events for businesses and private persons. The program “A
Musical History of Wine”, where she has a soloist part (as panflutist
and storyteller), has been successfully performed over thirty times in
the Netherlands during Music and Wine Events (at the Rabobank and other
In 2009 Liselotte also added the Advanced Certificate, an international
renowned wine diploma of the British wine training institute Wine and
Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to her accomplishments.
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