Top young SA musicians debut at Nederburg

Jeffrey Armstrong - Photo by Michael Pace.
Jeffrey Armstrong – Photo by Michael Pace.

On Sunday 28 June, two of South Africa’s most talented young musicians will open the popular Nederburg Concert Series in Paarl.

To celebrate Youth Month, the series starts with the annual Nederburg Debut Concert and will feature multi award-winning violinist Jeffrey Armstrong and pianist Sulayman Human.

These two prodigious talents have already been heard on most leading concert platforms in South Africa and they have won nearly all available awards and prizes in national and regional competitions, collectively.

Their programme will include virtuoso works written for violin and piano with the Sonata for violin and piano Nr 1 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sonata for violin and piano Nr 1 in G major by Johannes Brahms as the two main works of the recital. Other compositions include Fritz Kreisler’s famous Prelude and Allegro, the second movement from Edvard Grieg’s melodious Sonata for violin and piano Nr 3 in C minor, as well as three captivating Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff for solo piano.

Exceptionally gifted Jeffrey Armstrong, 18, hails from Wellington and has been playing violin from the age of 4. He finished school in 2014 and will be leaving for England later this year to further his academic studies at the Birmingham University. There he will study violin with Pieter Schoeman, the highly accomplished South African violinist who is the leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sulayman Human, 21, completed a B.Mus degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2014 and is currently enrolled for his Masters degree in Piano Performance. He grew up in Oudtshoorn and only started playing the piano at the age of 12. His natural flair for piano playing combined with an extraordinary talent has already seen him achieve significant success in a very short period of time.

The concert starts at 17h00 and tickets at R220 per person include sherry on arrival, Nederburg Brut during interval, plus top Nederburg wines which will be served with a delicious finger supper after the concert. Bookings can be made via email on or by calling 021 809 8412/8106 during office hours.

The Nederburg Concert Series presents multi award-winning violinist Jeffrey Armstrong and pianist Sulayman Human in concert at 17h00 on Sunday 28 June at the historical Nederburg Manor House in Paarl. The series is presented by the Distell Foundation and Nederburg.

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