BRIDGET RENNIE-SALONEN

Capetonian flautist Bridget Rennie-Salonen, whose career in flute performance and teaching spans over twenty-five years, is one of South Africa’s leading exponents of the flute. She is highly regarded as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral flautist, and as a flute teacher continues to inspire and enable many flautists of the current emerging professional generation.

Passionate about musicians’ wellness, Bridget is qualified in performing arts health as Andover Educator, focusing on the Body Mapping approach. Her training in movement, posture, sensory awareness, injury management and healthy teaching methods enables her to work with a broad spectrum of clients including all instrumentalists and vocalists. Bridget’s PhD research focuses on tertiary level musicians’ performance health education.

Performance Career

Bridget Rennie Salonen’s studies at UCT and abroad equipped her with multiple qualifications and honours. She is highly regarded in the SA classical arena as a solo, chamber and freelance flautist. As the former Solo Principal Flute of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Bridget was the recipient of the prestigious Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. Regarded as one of South Africa’s finest flautists, Bridget has performed as soloist with the Capab Orchestra, the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Baroque Ensemble, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Tinta Barocca, the Cape Philharmonic, the Stellenbosch Camerata and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic.

She is part of several chamber groups; ‘Trio With a Twist’ with Janine Neethling and Lizzie Rennie, the Duo ‘Zomari’, with guitarist James Grace, the Baroque Trio with Grant Brasler and Angela Paynter, the Cavatina Quartet (flute and strings), the ‘Gabriel Duo’ with harpist Gaylen Sales and also ‘The Little Winds’ wind quintet. Bridget has also collaborated with many other top musicians, such as Albie van Schalkwyk, Janelle Visagie, Magdaleen Minnaar, Jose Dias, Tertia Visser-Downie, Francois du Toit, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Quentin Crida, Marian Lewin and Peter Martens, to name but a few.

Bridget is also an experienced studio session musician and has contributed to numerous recordings of a wide variety of genres, amongst others Lloyd-Webber’s ‘Cats’, Neethling/Opperman’s ‘Tree Aan’, Lizzie Rennie’s score for ‘Material’ and Grant McLachlan’s scores for ‘Ocean Odyssey’, ‘Cosmic Africa’ and ‘Faith like Potatoes’.

Bridget has a vast orchestral experience of over twenty years. She worked full time initially in an opera and ballet orchestra, then in a predominantly symphony orchestra. Now active as a freelance flautist, she is also the Principal Flute of the Cape Town Pops Orchestra. Bridget displays astounding musical versatility in any music genre, whether on stage or in studio. She is equally at home playing in a Symphony Orchestra concert hall as she is featured in ‘Skouspel’ at Sun City’s Superbowl, or playing a concerto in Kruger National Park at ‘Baroque in the Bush’.