Avanti is a young professional flute and piano duo based in Cape Town. Sally and Coila-Leah have been garnering a reputation for their sophisticated performances and seamless ensemble since they began playing together in 2014. They share a vision for curating thoughtful programmes that present the flute and piano repertoire in a way that engages audiences in an intimate and captivating way.
Since 2014 Avanti have performed in various capacities, from intimate soirées to acclaimed recitals in some of Cape Town’s favourite venues, and as guest performers at the Fine Music Radio Awards, Le Petit Mort’s Chamber Nights and Biblioteek’s popular In the Dark series at YoungBlood Gallery. Avanti won the duo category prize at the Stellenbosch National Ensemble Competition for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Most recently, Avanti were awarded and premiered a SAMRO commissioned work by South African composer Amy Luyendijk and were featured in the Cape Argus, interviewed live on Fine Music Radio and performed live on the SABC3's Expresso Morning Show. In 2017 Avanti toured Johannesburg, performed a recital at the Casa Labia and for the Overstrand Arts/Kunste Society, and were selected to participate in the sought-after DISA Decoda course, where they were coached by some of New York's most highly-regarded musicians.
In June 2018 the duo released their independently produced debut album, Avanti Live in Concert, which is now available on all major streaming and download platforms.
Sally Minter graduated with a Master of Arts with merit from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she performed under the baton of esteemed conductors Marin Alsop and Semyon Bychkov. She has performed as a soloist with every major orchestra in South Africa and was the winner of the Fine Music Radio Award. Sally performs regularly in and around Cape Town with various chamber music ensembles and with the Cape Town Festival Orchestra. Most recently, Sally was the runner-up in the prestigious SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition.
Coila-Leah Enderstein studied piano with Francois du Toit and Dr Justin Krawitz at UCT, during which time she won the Lionel Bowman Prize for Beethoven Playing and the Laura Searle Prize for Concerto Playing and competed as a semi-finalist in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition for Keyboard Players. Coila-Leah performs around Cape Town in various capacities including her duo with flautist Sally Minter and myriad interdisciplinary projects. She works frequently with South African composers and has an ongoing improvisation practice with local and international artists. In October 2018 she will begin a low-residency Master of Arts in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the University of the Arts in Berlin.