Johann Vos – Chairman
Johann Vos practised as attorney in Johannesburg and Pretoria until 1985, when he moved to Cape Town, where he practises in partnership under the name Visagie Vos. He has a keen interest in his community, and is chairman of the Stikland Hospital Health Facility Board and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust. For the last 20 years he has been sponsoring a piano competition for high school pupils, which over the years has developed into an important showcase for young talent. He was voted onto the FMR board in November 2009.
Tanja Bosch is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Production in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. She completed her MA in International Affairs as a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio University, where she also graduated with a PhD in Communication. Her areas of research and publication include talk radio, community media, social media and politics.
Leonore Ehlers obtained her BA Music and BMus at the University of Stellenbosch with piano and cello. She furthered her studies through Unisa where she received BMus Honours as well as the Unisa Teachers Diploma in Cello.
She started her career as a lecturer in music at the Wellington Teachers Training College before becoming a full time Cello Teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.
She played as an ad hoc cellist for the Cape Town City Orchestra and also did part time teaching at the University of the Western Cape.
Since 2013 she became the Director of the Music Centre. She is a member of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust as well as a member of the National Music Competition Trust.
I retired from the University of Port Elizabeth in December 2001 where I had served as a Professor of Accounting. We returned to our home city in March 2002 and I was elected to the Board of FMR in 2002.
François Smuts is an advocate at the Cape Bar with a general, mainly commercial practice.
He is a collector not of baubles but of bumbled passions. Thus he has unsuccessfully attempted to saw his way through a violin (he gave up after 10 years); to become a doctor (he gave up after three years); and to gain renown as an artist (his teacher gave up after a few weeks).
He has successfully held forth on property law in Die Burger, co-authored an award winning cook book and appeared on television despite not owning one or being accused of anything. After 30 years he is doggedly persisting with his attempts at becoming a novelist, despite his debut not running into six volumes or having anything to do with things lost.
He is a serial undertaker of pilgrimages to paintings and other holy places. He adores Sviatoslav Richter, Giorgio Conte and Arvo Pärt. He thinks Glenn Gould should have stuck to singing, hates performers who hide vapidity behind virtuosity and cannot abide Wagner.
He has a CD personally signed by Ely Ameling lying about somewhere. He also has an etching by Jan Lievens, a delectable mother of two teenage terrorists, and a Borsalino hat.
Len van Zyl
Len van Zyl had a successful career in advertising (his other passion) over 30 years, serving as Chairman, President, CEO or Director in major advertising agencies in South Africa, Britain, USA and Zimbabwe. His true passion however is music in general and classical music in particular. In 1995 when the erstwhile SABC National symphony orchestra was disbanded Len was part of a small team of music lovers who launched an effort to keep the orchestra going. While living in America he served on the development committee of the famous Philadelphia Orchestra and since returning to South Africa he initiated and finances the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition which gives young South Africans the opportunity to study conducting under the tutelage of Maestro Professor Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University, Chicago.