Multiple award-winning flute player Khanyisile Mthetwa, named a “Top Young South African” by the Mail and Guardian newspaper, is one of the leading virtuoso instrumentalists in Africa and throughout the world.
Born in the township of Soweto, South Africa, Khanyisile rose to international acclaim when she became the first African awarded the prestigious Myrna Brown Scholarship by the National Flute Association of America. She won the 2019 Mbokodo Award for opera/classical music, which recognizes women who have shown leadership and excellence in the arts. Khanyisile is one of the rare classical musicians featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Sunday Times newspaper, ENCA morning news and News24.
Ms. Mthetwa has served as principal flute of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2019. She previously held the same position with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Praised for her rich, deep tone, dynamic power, and sensitive interpretation, Khanyisile is a champion of extended techniques in which she displays flawless virtuosity, as well as being a passionate ambassador for classical African music.
Ms. Mthetwa currently holds a fellowship in flute performance from Trinity College of London.