Hillcrest cellist performs solo with Philharmonic

2017-11-21 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedAristide du Plessis, one of SA’s finest cellists.

PHOTO: suppliedAristide du Plessis, one of SA’s finest cellists.

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ARISTIDE du Plessis, one of the country’s finest cellists, will perform solo at KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring Season every Thursday at the Durban City Hall – with two concerts - November 16 and 23. The “born” performer said music is in his blood.

“My father was a singer and my mother is a pianist. I started playing the cello at age 11 and even then I knew I’d make it my career.”

He said he has many role models, but is fond of Italian cellist, Enrico Dindo, and German composer Johannes Brahms.

“I also like the motivation of people like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and several of my teachers.”

Du Plessis has many notches on his belt and in 2015 he was appointed co-principal cellist of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2014 he won the Kiwanis Chamber Music prize in Switzerland, and has won awards in South Africa as a student - top prizes in ATKV-Musiq and the Stellenbosch National Ensemble Competition.

His hobbies are learning about art, history, philosophy - the human condition.

Bongani Tembe CEO and artistic director of the KZN Philharmonic said: “We are committed to bringing the highest quality symphony concerts to Durban thereby enriching the city and province through music.

“In true World Symphony Season tradition, we are happy to offer you a stellar mix of international and local talent, both on our podium and on our roster of soloists.”

For more information about Du Plessis, email ad uplessis1989@gmail.com

To listen to him perform at the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring Season, tickets are available from www.computicket.com 0861 915 8000, or Shoprite Checkers Money Market counters.

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