Cellist and Student Conductor, Tsepo Kolitsoe Pooe, hails from Soweto. His most recent orchestral performances have been with the MIAGI Orchestra Tour in Europe culminating in Performances in Prestigious Halls in Germany including The Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin. This year, he featured in the documentary ‘An unfinished symphony’, commissioned by the Nobel Peace Prize about Miagi’s works to build peace and reconciliation through music in South Africa. He has done collaborative works with The Swiss Orchestra, Zurcher Kammerorchester under the direction of Internationally Renowned Conductor Sir Roger Norrington. Tsepo’s engagements have included being part of The Centre of The Less Good Idea Season 1 doing collaborative work with João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and William Kentridge in addition he was a participant in the workshop of William Kentridge’s piece “The Head and the Load”. He was also part of The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival and did premiers of works from various South African composers. Pooe is also active as a Chamber Musician both in contemporary and classical works and has played with various groups Including The Johannesburg Chamber Strings, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Gauteng Camerata, MIAGI Orchestra, and The Mahogany Quartet. He has done several performances with his Contemporary String Group “The Pooe-Tic Strings”, which he Formed in 2009. He was also a Junior conductor at the Orchestra company and studied conducting with Maestro Robert Maxym and Maestro Gerben Grooten, currently, he is studying with Berlin-based conductor Symeon Ioannidis and since late 2021 he is the current main conductor for the Mandolin Orchestra ‘Da Capo’. Recent engagements have included a performance at the Gewandhaus with virtuoso organist Michael Schönheit and Phillip Hülsenbeck.
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