Liezl-Maret Jacobs has established herself as musician in a number of fields over the past 18 years. She is one of the leading chamber musicians and accompanists in South Africa, performed as soloist with South African orchestras, presents workshops to music teachers, given master classes for pianists at elementary to advanced levels.
She obtained her B.Mus, B.Mus(Hon) and M.Mus degrees cum laude under the guidance of Philip Levy, Catharina Struthers and Albie van Schalkwyk. She also obtained her D.Mus(UCT) under the guidance of John Antoniades. Several bursaries and prizes were awarded to her for academic achievements. She is in demand as accompanist for visiting artists and regularly accompanies at national music competitions. In 2010 and 2014 she was invited to be an official accompanist for the UNISA International Strings and Woodwind Competitions in Pretoria.
Together with Boris and Elena Kerimov, she formed a Piano Trio and they appear regularly in concerts. She started her teaching career at the University of Cape Town in 1996 and was a permanent staff member at the University of Stellenbosch from 2002 till 2004. She lectured full-time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban from 2005 till 2013. Liezl-Maret is often invited to adjudicate eisteddfods and she is an examiner for UNISA music examinations. She makes regular appearances as a speaker at conferences, workshops and symposiums.
She has been on the faculty of the International Piano Symposium at the University of Stellenbosch for the past 10 years. At present, Liezl-Maret is running a private studio in Durban, teaching piano to students of all ages. She focuses on experimenting and developing new ideas in connection with teaching methods. After years of teaching Piano and Instrumental Pedagogy at the various universities, she in collaboration with the ATKV, started to present Instrumental Music Teacher-workshops across the country. In 2014-15 she presented in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, East-London, Durban, Harrismith, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Tzaneen and Shoshanguwe in Pretoria.
She will visit and present introductory workshops in selected areas of the Eastern Cape in 2016. Liezl-Maret also regularly visits the USA to expand her knowledge and to learn as much as possible in the field of piano playing and pedagogy. It is her passion to share the newly-gained knowledge with teachers in South Africa. Liezl-Maret is also involved in the organization of various workshops, concerts and innovative music educational projects such as ‘Rhythm and Sight Singing Courses’, and ‘Introducing Arrangement and Improvisation to the Classical Pianist and Teacher’ in collaboration with an established modern pianist, in and around Durban.