Andre Swanepoel - Violin
Chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher
As Principal Second Violin of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, chamber music is integral to Andre's activities and has resulted in chamber concerts with Jörg Widmann, Anthony Marwood and Isabelle van Keulen; and numerous performances abroad – including the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Würzburg Mozart Festival, the Bozar in Brussels, and the Tonhalle in Zurich.
Other recent Chamber highlights include concerts at the Killkenny Arts Festival, and the Ryedale, City of London, Chichester and International Donau festivals. He performed in South America for the German Goethe Institut and has been broadcast on West German, Bavarian, Irish and South African Radio. As a member of the “European Music Project” he appeared in numerous theme-based all night concert-events throughout Germany. His CD recordings include a critically acclaimed live recording of Terry Riley’s legendary In C. As soloist he has appeared in South Africa, Ireland, Germany and the UK. He has guest lead Welsh National Opera and frequently plays guest Principal with Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé, and other UK orchestras. André teaches violin and chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff. He has directed Academos, based at the University of Limerick; and coached the Britten-Pears Orchestra and various UK university orchestras. He annually teaches on the ConCorda Chamber Music course in Ireland, and the Xenia Chamber Music course in the Italian Alps. André holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (Germany). He studied with Alan Solomon, Winfried Rademacher and Charles-André Linale; had masterclasses from Christian Altenburger, and received private tuition from Eugene Fodor and Ana Chumachenko.