Saturday 20 May - 17:00
Moravian Church, Greyton
Co/Mission is a new initiative by Biblioteek Productions and Youngblood Arts and Culture which deconstructs and re–invents contemporary classical music in South Africa, creating an entirely new Classical audience - young working people who previously did not frequent opera houses and music halls. Music featured is by Nirvana, Coldplay, Portishead, Tori Amos, Radiohead and Björk, commissioned to a host of talented South African composers such as Mattijhs van Dijk, Matthew Dennis, Laura Stevens and Adrian More. Also featuring original works. With Veronica Bell (violin), Nicole D’Oliveira (violin), Emile de Roubaix (viola) and Rina Schutte (cello)
EMILE DE ROUBAIX
Emile de Roubaix had his initial violin training from 1990 - 1998 with Madelein van Rooyen at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Subsequently he completed the B.Mus and B.Mus.(Hons) degrees (cum laude) in violin performance at the University of Stellenbosch, receiving tuition from Louis van der Watt and Suzanne Martens respectively. In 2003 he was violinist of Trio Stellenbosch, who represented Stellenbosch University at the 30th International Week of the Universität für Darstellende Kunst und Musik in Graz, Austria. After this Emile decided to focus his attention on the viola, having discovered a love for the instrument during his time in Stellenbosch.
From 2005 – 2007 he completed his M.Mus in viola performance (cum laude) with Predrag Katanic at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, while also receiving baroque viola tuition from Annette Isserlis. He was awarded the RNCM Thomas Barratt viola prize, and was violist for the groups that received the 2006 & 2007 Granada Prize for mixed chamber music ensembles.
Subsequently he freelanced with various professional orchestras such as the Hallé, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He also worked extensively in Norway, with Bodø Sinfonietta, Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and toured Northern Norway with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Emile was a member of the viola faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival from 2012 – 2015. In 2016 he gave the world premiere of the David Earl viola concerto with the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches part-time at Stellenbosch University, freelances professionally in and around Cape Town, and is also violist of the Juliet String Quartet.
Veronica is the passionate violinist of Zamar, a Stellenbosch Music Group, using this beautiful instrument to speak a language of hope and passion for life! She began her violin lessons at the age of four and was taught by various teachers throughout her youth. She furthered her studies at the University of Pretoria in 1991 with Prof Allen Solomon, but she continued studying at the University of Stellenbosch from the year 1993, where she was being taught by Professor Jack de Wet. In 1994 she performed with the Cape Town Symphonic Orchestra as solo violinist during the National Youth Festival and completed her Teachers degree in Violin. In 1995 she studied her Practical Honours in Bachelor Music Ensemble work under the teaching of Professor Eric Rycroft. Other performances that highlight her career as solo artist is her part as solo violinist in the Mozart Mannewales Production during the “Volksbladfees” in 2006, KKNK 2007 and the Organ and Violin performance called, “Four Seasons” alongside Mario Nell. They rearranged Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for violin and orchestra, and Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons from Buenos Aires for organ and violin in the Moederkerk in Stellenbosch.
She also received training in piano (UNISA grade 8) and vocal (UNISA grade 6) and during her studies she was accompanist for the students at the Conservatorium of Stellenbosch.
She worked as music director for Joyful Noise Ministries (1996 – 2007) as well as Stellenbosch Church (2000 – 2002). She was the music producer for the production PALET (a music production for students) and the variety concert at the Bushman’s Cave Theatre in Clanwilliam where Jannie Moolman, Rina Hugo and Danie Niehaus performed as guest artists alongside Zamar.
She’s played the violin in Zamar since 2005 and as a result of that has performed with many of South Africa’s well known artists, like Jannie Moolman, Annake de Villiers, Rina Hugo, Danie Niehaus, Anna Davel (in the production BOHEEM!), Karen Meiring, Chris Chameleon, Lise Beekman (Mozart Mannewales), Matthys Roets, Janine Neethling (Altyd Jonker) and Steve Hofmeyer (Dis hoe dit is met Steve).
Veronica and her husband’s combined passion is to use the power of music as a tool to uplift and unite communities over the boundaries of race, gender and creed. They love working with a team which influence and inspire one another to live out their calling to the fullest and in excellence.
Rina Schutte obtained her BMus and BMus(Hons) degrees cum laude from the University of the Free State in 2012 and 2013 respectively, studying cello with Anmari van der Westhuizen. In 2012, she received the prize for best student in practical music.
During her studies, she was a member of the Junior Odeion String Quartet, winning category prizes at ATKV Muzik (2010) and the Stellenbosch Ensemble Competition (2011). This quartet was selected to take part in the Internationale Stichting Masterclasses Apeldoorn (2011), where they received tuition from esteemed musicians including Philippe Graffin and Raphael Wallfisch.
Rina was a member of the South African Youth Orchestra (2008-2011), as well as the Miagi National Youth Orchestra (2011-2014). She toured to Europe with the Miagi Orchestra on two occasions (2012 and 2014). In 2015 she was a member of the La Vie dei Concerti International Orchestra, touring through northern Italy. In the same year she also participated in the Cremona International Music Academies, where she was section leader of the String Orchestra.
Rina is currently a full-time cello teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, receiving certificates of acknowledgement from Unisa for Outstanding Instrumental Teaching during 2015 and 2016. She is also an active ad hoc member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nicole D’Oliveira grew up in Namibia and moved to South Africa in 2008 when she began her music studies at the College of Music at UCT. She obtained a distinction in her BMus in 2012 and received a Post Graduate Diploma in violin performance in 2014.
Nicole performed the Bruch violin concerto in Windhoek with the Namibian National Orchestra as a guest soloist in 2015 and performs at the annual music festival in Swakopmund every December, where she is a violin lecturer. Nicole teaches individual violin lessons at Western Province Preparatory School and teaches the junior and senior string orchestras too. Nicole plays ad hoc with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Tinta Barocca, a Cape Town based baroque ensemble. She tries to perform as much as time allows and enjoys freelancing during the school holidays.