Kristel is an accomplished musician, having undergone extensive formal training from age 6, which culminated in a BMus degree from Wits (1999), where she majored in performance. She also received numerous awards and prizes during her studies. Besides being a highly experienced violinist, she is also proficient in piano, flute and singing.
The highlights of her performance career include performing violin in the Subaru car advert for South Africa (2007)and playing the lead violin role in various live productions. She has made guest appearances as a violinist on many South African TV programmes such as; Backstage (2005),KykNet(2000)Egoli (2006/7). She does frequent session work for various recording studios and perform overseas internationally.
She also has extensive experience in performing for large corporate events and is proficient playing in different musical genres, from classical to jazz, Celtic to rock and funky dance to local African styles. Her instruments include an acoustic/classical violin, electric violin and a custom-made tin-can electric violin crafted by AfriCan in Cape Town.
Kristel is currently completing her Masters in Music Degree at Wits University and also finds time to compose her own music. She has recently released a contemporary album, Burning Bridges, a play on words which refers to the bridge on the violin. The album consists of solo violin complimented with piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment, with fresh arrangements of well-known classical and jazz tunes.