Kristel studied a BMUS and MMUS degree at WITS University. For her academic performance at WITS she was awarded a Scholarship for music as well as prizes for the best string player. During her studies, she performed regularly at the Lunch Hour concerts, the Wits orchestra concerts and for the Wits Baroque Ensemble.
After completing her degree, she continued performing with various classical ensembles, jazz groups, bands and musical theatre productions.
Her performing career has included a variety music genres and platforms; from classical festivals and lunch hour concerts to big brand product launches and advertising videos. She has made guest appearances for local TV Dramas as a violinist on e-TV’s Backstage (2005) and numerous times on Egoli (2006/7/9) Binnerlanders (2015) and The Queen (2021).
Kristel has collaborated on a number of recordings. She has self-released 10 albums and has been nominated twice for the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in 2010 and 2020.
She has also recently toured The Netherlands, France and Germany with her duo Cherry Pill. In 2021 her duo Cherry Pill were picked as finalists in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for one of their original songs titled ‘The Wheel Keeps Turning’.