Wildflower find a place in new playlists

By |2021-11-18T16:30:18+02:0018 Nov 2021|Categories: new violin compositions, Recordings|Tags: , , , , , |

Thanks to ‘It’s Classical’ for adding my new song ‘ Wildflower’ to their fine playlist. It features new classical compositions as well as re-arrangements of classical works.

Well worth a listen . Great for studying , chilling, driving or de-stressing too!

Visit the playlist here:




Wildflower-Contemporary Classics

New Music Friday: Wildflower



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Art, wine and song

By |2021-11-18T16:18:17+02:0018 Nov 2021|Categories: Music for Events, Performance Updates|Tags: , , , , , |

Combining forces, 3 local artists hosted an art Exhibition at a magazine shoot-ready home in Northcliff for art-lovers. With paintings, installations, film and structures scattered throughout the home, guests felt at home, and glass of wine in hand slowly soaked up and bought must-have pieces.

It was a pleasure to perform violin music wafting through the halls as guests browsed, while taking in some breathtaking artworks myself. Definitely food for the soul!



A Thankful Job

State of the Art

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Wildflower-Contemporary Classics

By |2021-10-29T12:41:06+02:0029 Oct 2021|Categories: Music, new violin compositions|Tags: , , , |

Piano music fans are in for a treat with this playlist. ‘Focusing Minimal Piano & Contemporary Classics’ is a great laid back playlist for working or studying to. It is mainly piano based but includes some violin and cello as well. Check out the compilation by Igor Longhi here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3df3qmBm3p9yc6MKVesR3B?si=9b4e45a31a6d41c5

You’ll find my new instrumental “Wildflower” included here amongst such great company!

New Music Friday: Wildflower

New Playlisting-Tears That Flow (Instrumental)

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New Music Friday: Wildflower

By |2021-10-22T18:59:28+02:0022 Oct 2021|Categories: Music, new violin compositions, Recordings|Tags: , , |

Wildflower an original song for Violin and Piano goes live today. Inspired by the times we live in it is a composition reminiscent of a fragile beauty that thrives under harsh conditions.
Please let me know what you think !
Thanks to Ashlea Martin for the superb piano playing!
Sheet music is available , please see the links below.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Fw8oXvpbIMQ
Add to your Streaming playlist on:
-Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/4lwZlHgBpx7Ed5YCJH3ZUg?si=1c20ccf1bea9436d
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Op Die Lug / On Air

By |2021-10-09T13:35:00+02:001 Aug 2020|Categories: Awards, Music, Recordings|Tags: , |

Begin die dag met musiek.

Luister 2 Augustus Sondag oggend saam met Esté Gross tussen 05h00 en 07h00 op RSG se Oggendstemming. Deel van my album sal gespeel word tussen ander verwikkende musiek.

Start the day with music.

Listen 2 August Sunday morning with Esté Gross between 05h00 and 07h00 on RSG 100-104 fm’s Oggend Stemming. Part of my album will be played among other invigorating music.


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SAMA #26 Nomination

By |2021-10-09T13:39:11+02:0016 Jul 2020|Categories: Awards, Music, Recordings|Tags: , , |

What started out as a project to help violin students practise for their music exams, evolved into a recording project and subsequently has received a SAMA Nomination (South African Music Award). So delighted to find that my Classical album ‘Vignettes for Violin’ released in 2019 has been nominated for an award under the Classical Music category.

The #SAMA26 awards will be held virtually mymuze.com, and Mzansi Magic, 3-7 August @ 9:30pm to catch the winners and all the industry buzz!

Special thanks goes to Rory Gaddin who engineered the recording, piano whizz Ashlea Martin who accompanied me on all the pieces and master of mastering Keith Forsythe who added the finishing touches to the album.

Take a listen to the album here https://open.spotify.com/album/74HIWARZ8YQ0oKClVbiPtZ

and the videos are here:

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New Album Release

By |2021-10-10T06:11:30+02:004 Oct 2019|Categories: Performance Updates, Recordings|Tags: , |

Hot off the press, a new classical album is available titled ‘Vignettes for Violin

It is a collection of evocative classical miniatures for violin and piano

Be transported by this varied and skillfully-performed collection of classical vignettes. Each short piece of music on this album captures an emotion in time.

For a sneak peak at what we’ve put together, take a listen to the beautiful ‘Apres un Reve’ by Gabriel Faure

If you liked this please add us to your classical playlist! The album will be shortly available on popular digital platforms.

The album is available at https://kristelbirkholtz.bandcamp.com/album/vignettes-for-violin


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Electric Violin and Cello in Concert

By |2021-10-10T15:39:37+02:007 Nov 2016|Categories: Live Music, Performance Updates|Tags: , |

The stately Northwards House in Parktown hosts regular classical concerts. The beautiful Sir Herbert Baker Home has a lovely acoustic and an inviting music room that takes one back in time. This as the backdrop for a concert I did with cellist Carel Henn a few weeks ago. Our first half repertoire consisted of a sonata for solo cello and violin and other adapted classical works for a duo format.

We had a surprise though for the second half. As not much repertoire is arranged for solo cello and violin, we decided to arrange some contemporary light songs for the duo and then to perform them on electric instruments.

The audience were delighted by the contrast and a favourite on the day was Sting’s “Fragile”

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