Flautist, Dr Bridget Rennie-Salonen lectures at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Whilst Solo Principal Flute of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Bridget was the recipient of the prestigious Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence.
Recent awards include Fiesta, Silver Ovation, and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust awards. She has appeared as soloist with several South African orchestras, is principal flute of the Cape Town Festival Orchestra, permanent guest principal flute in the Free State Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque flautist in Camerata Tinta Barocca.
Bridget is also both a researcher and practitioner in performing arts health, with expertise in somatic learning. Her PhD focused on musicians’ occupational health curriculum content, implementation, and assessment. As a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, she represents South Africa on the international Musicians’ Health Literacy Consortium.
She is highly sought after as a flute teacher, and many of her students have excelled nationally and internationally, several occupying positions in South African orchestras. Bridget’s extensive experience as a music educator informs her research, and her ongoing performance output contributes valuable perspectives to both her research and pedagogy.