Born 1961 in Athens, Greece, a citizen of South Africa is clinical pharmacist, self taught composer and lecturer
in electro-acoustic composition who curated UNYAZI the first electro-acoustic music festival and symposium in Africa in 2005. He composes for acoustic instruments, electronics, multimedia, dance and theatre . His
technical and theoretical approach researches cognitive psychoacoustic behavioural patterns in humans in an
area of continued environmental changes. Biomechanical principles assist him in the construction of various
building blocks that intern form the backbone of his compositions.
Waldo Alexander is a freelance violinist based in Johannesburg, with a professional reputation of more than 25 years. With skills appropriate to a diversity of genres and disciplines, he enjoys a special interest in New Music, experimental collaborations, musical arrangement and studio recordings. Waldo plays a fine Italian instrument on generous loan by the Lindbergh Arts Foundation; he is endorsed by Sennheiser SouthAfrica, Prosound, and is the South African ambassador for DPA Microphones.
Yonela Mnana is a pianist and singer who grew up in Mamelodi, Pretoria. Praised for his debut album, Baba (2016), Mnana teaches at Ezibeleni School for Special Needs and studies towards his postgraduate degree in music at Wits University. Yonela Mnana’s singing, playing, composing, teaching, and arranging skills, are distinctly South African. Asked about this concert, Yonela says “I’m excited to be part of this giant pianist’s celebration, and honoured to play his piano.”
Tiisetso Mashishi is a professional violist raised in Diepkloof, Soweto. He started his music studies at Buskaid String Academy in 1999 and later continued to the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is currently a violin and viola tutor at four schools in Johannesburg and is enjoying his career as a violist in Johannesburg.