Christoff Fourie


Christoff FourieGlasgow based cellist Christoff Fourie started his musical studies at an early age under the guidance of his parents. He was extremely fortunate to further his studies with some of South Africa’s most prominent cellists including Marian Lewin, Heleen du Plessis and Dalena Roux.

Initial success included a debut performance with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra at age 13, becoming principal cellist of the South African National Youth Orchestra and winning the South African National Chamber Music Competition. He also performed and toured extensively as a member of the University of Stellenbosch Piano Trio.

Christoff was awarded the prestigious Associated Board International Scholarship, which enabled him to further his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Some highlights during the course of his studies included winning the RSAMD’s most important string award (the Governor’s Recital Prize), a world premiere performance at the Cheltenham Festival, and performing at the Manchester International Cello Festival in a public masterclass with renowned cellist Anner Bylsma.

His primary teachers were Rudi de Groote and David Watkin, complimented with further studies under Johannes Goritzki. Christoff graduated with a first class BMus(Hons) degree in cello performance.

Christoff is currently performing in a freelance capacity with Scotland’s foremost orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

He is married to a fellow musician and viola player, Mary Ward. When he is not busy playing the cello, he is most probably busy playing with his two beautiful children, Patrick and Annina.

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