Talisa Symons


Performing initiated almost immediately for Talisa and from the age of six, she joined various orchestras around Gauteng, including the East Rand Youth and Johannesburg Foundation Orchestra. As a concert soloist, she performed at the age of eleven with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Botanical Garden Picnic Concerts. Talisa also began performing with her father from the age of ten at various public events, including weddings, restaurants, concerts, markets, and retirement homes. Recording her first four CDs took place between the ages of eleven and fourteen with her father accompanying on the piano. Each CD includes pieces within the Classical, Gypsy and Jazz genres.

When Talisa found her wrist in pain during practice just nine years and five teachers into her violin career, she began investigating the much-needed help of Professor Jack de Wet, whose violin pupils are known for their outstanding results, both locally and abroad. Talisa’s family forfeited their accustomed lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal to afford her the opportunity to assume lessons with the violin professor in the Western Cape. The pain she had previously experienced while playing had disappeared within the first month of lessons and she resumed practice of six to eight hours daily, as well as continuing solo performances with local orchestras. The new techniques and in-depth guidance became evident when Talisa was one of only three violinists selected in the country to participate in the UNISA Music Programme for Gifted Young Musicians, at the age of fifteen.

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