Overseas Scholarship recipient to perform in Stellenbosch

Michael Duffett (E2009), the recipient of the 2014 Rondebosch Overseas Scholarship to Yale in the USA, will perform in the annual Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in Stellenbosch’s Endler Hall on Friday, 29 November.

Head of Music at RBHS, Terrence Scarr, says that “in general, teenagers can spot ‘class’ instantly and the Bosch boys loved Michael! His performances at school assemblies had the boys spellbound in disbelief – one of their peers was able to coax the most exquisite sounds from his violin, and that such virtuosity and technical wizardry on a funny little wooden box with just 4 strings, didn’t even seem possible!“. Michael won Rondebosch’s annual Emilio Farella Instrumental Competition an unprecedented four times and won numerous National Youth Music competitions during his high school career.

Michael was awarded the Rondebosch Overseas, Yale and Oppenheimer Trust Scholarships to undertake his Master’s Degree in Music at Yale and is currently studying for his Doctorate in Music at Boston University. In May he was a featured soloist at the Boston Pops and received a standing ovation for his performance with the Boston Symphony Pops Orchestra. Other recent highlights include winning the Boston University Bach Competition and performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. Michael is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and concertmaster of the Boston University Orchestra. He has also played with other orchestras and ensembles in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and South Africa with performances at the Edinburgh Festival and for the BBC.

Booking for the concert is through Computicket.