The Violin Academy's Journey During 2016

2016 has been an exciting and successful year for the students at The Violin Academy. Allegra Bierman, Emily Geekie and Bianke van Staden were invited to perform at the Annual SASMT Jnr concert on the 15th of May. Emily Geekie and Allegra Bierman performed at the JSO Concerto Festival under the baton of Prof Eric Rycroft.

Prof Rycroft was also the adjudicator at the SASMT Music Festival and he complimented our students on beautiful postures and sound. Thys Steynberg received the trophy for the most promising string player 14 years and under and Bianke van Staden received the trophy for the most promising string player 6 years and under.


The SAMRO/Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition for Primary School learners was a big success and a huge learning curve. Alexander Stones, Emily Geekie and Allegra Bierman participated in Parow/Cape Town during the last week of September and Allegra Bierman made it to the semi-finals.

Students from The Violin Academy performed at Croft Coffee Shop during May. They busked outside the venue for Suzuki Teacher Training fundraising. The concert was a big success and people in the area loved it so much asking us when we can do it again!

Danielle van der Watt is taking Matric subject music at St Mary’s school and she also received the prestigious prize for Best Instrumentalist. Another Matric student at St Stithian’s, Samantha Ball, won the Night of the Stars at her school.