Kabelo – Violinist

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kabelo started his music tuition in 1997 at the age of 10 at Buskaid in Soweto. As a teenager he travelled the world and collaborated with distinguished orchestras around Europe and the United States. He had the privilege to play with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Elliot Gardner.

At the age of 19 he went to further his studies at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he completed his Higher Diploma in Music under Jonathan Morton who is the Artistic Director/leader of the Scottish Ensemble and performances as a leader for the BBC Symphony orchestra, London Sinfonietta and other orchestras.

Since his come back from Manchester in 2009 he has been freelancing with orchestras from Johannesburg and Durban, teaching music at local institutions and Private schools. Kabelo is a former member of the Diamond Quartet, which has been involved in big festivals like the National Arts festival in Grahamstown and Festival Culturel International De Musique Symphonique in Algeria.

Kabelo Motlhomi is a constant performer; whether it is in an orchestra, solo artist, session/recording artist or collaboration with other artists. He prides himself in his professionalism, dedication and high standard of performance. He regularly performs with all the major orchestras in Johannesburg like the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Johannesburg Music Initiative and occasionally gets invited to play with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban. As a freelance musician and recording artist he has worked or collaborated with Bra Hugh Masekela at the Market theatre in 2010 “Songs of Migration” and Sibongile Khumalo celebrating 20 years of enriching the country with her music. To add to long list of artists are Tshepo Mngoma and Gloria Bosman, Bala Brothers, Judith Sephuma and Zahara, Swazi Dlamini, Black coffee, Kent, Khuli Chana, HHP, Kwesta and many others. As a soloist and concertmaster Kabelo has toured Europe and the United States with Buskaid. The Biggest highlight in his career was in 2013 when he was asked to play at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom held in Johannesburg.

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