My playlist for 2021

These recordings brightened my days during long periods of lockdown in this second year of the Covid19 pandemic and kept me inspired about playing and practising my own beloved violin.
Tue 08 Feb 2022 :: 14:50

The story of my violin

I recently discovered that my violin is in fact not only a copy of a Guarnerius del Gesu but indeed a copy of the ' CANNON' that Paganini played on, which is on display in the Palazzo Tursi in Genoa, Italy!
Thu 09 Oct 2008 :: 01:45

The Messiah in eleven languages

I've just spent an afternoon playing the Messiah by Händel in a church in Orlando West, Soweto. This was the version known as the 'South African Messiah' , translated by Mr Michael Masote into every one of the eleven official languages of South Africa.
Sun 13 Apr 2008 :: 21:44

To Become Like Water - Tai Chi and the Life of a Violinist

My first encounter with Tai Chi took place eleven years ago. I was looking for a form of exercise that would feel right for my own body, personality and psyche. I have found Tai Chi to be a perfect exercise for musicians for several reasons.
Tue 25 Mar 2008 :: 21:41


Zanta Hofmeyr