Kobie du Plessis was born in South Africa. She majored in harp at the
University of Pretoria and was awarded scholarships for outstanding performance.
She toured South America as harp soloist with the South African
Broadcasting Corporation Junior Orchestra. Kobie continued her studies with
Ventura Rosenthal and Kathleen Alister and took master
classes in Europe with international harp virtuosi including Edward Witsenburg, Susanna Mildonian and Daphne Boden.
Kobie has performed with most of the major symphony orchestras of South Africa, as
well as making solo and duo recordings for the SABC, included on her previous CD (En
Bateau – music for flute and harp, with flautist Corvin Matei). She also has extensive
experience as a soloist and in chamber groups in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria,
and Catalonia, Spain.
Some of Kobie’s fondest harp memories include performing the Mozart Flute and Harp
Concerto as well as the Debussy Danses with various orchestras in South Africa. She played in the orchestras that accompanied Luciano Pavarotti (Stellenbosch, SA) and José Carreras (Segovia, Spain), and performed with Dutch harpist Edward Witsenburg, in Barcelona.
She loves performing concerts on three of her harps, the Celtic, Austrian Folk, and Concert harp to demonstrate the variety of sound effects and possibilities on the different instruments, as well as in duo with flute, cello, oboe and voice accompaniment.
Kobie has judged a harp competition in Vorarlberg, Austria, and gives regular recitals in Amsterdam,Salzburg, Munich, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Barcelona.
Apart from her family, Kobie’s main passions are performing and teaching on her
different harps and arranging folk music from around the
world for harp. She also enjoys reading, creative writing and nature.
Her wide and versatile repertoire is displayed on this CD. She is available for concert tours and you can contact her on www.kobieduplessis.com