Helga van der Merwe starts with piano and violin lessons at the age of 9 and 10 respectively, but violin soon becomes a firm favourite. As a scholar she appears twice on the Unisa Roll of Honour for Outstanding Achievement in Violin. From an early age she plays in ensemble groups and joins the USSO (University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra) at the age of 13.
She studies under Prof. Jack de Wet and obtains a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Stellenbosch, majoring in Orchestral Playing and Ensemble Work. During her time as a student she is an ad hoc member of the National Chamber Orchestra.
Helga is the principal violinist of Asylum Letters String Quintet and later joins an Afro-Jazz Band called TRACE, gaining experience in the freedom and creativeness the jazz medium has to offer. Furthermore she plays at weddings and corporate functions on a regular basis.
A keen violin, ensemble and string orchestra teacher, she starts her teaching career in 2000 at Herschel Girls’ School in Cape Town and also teaches privately, at Eikestad Primary and Kayamandi Trust Centre in Stellenbosch. She starts teaching at the Johnman Music Centre in 2008 as well as Bloemhof Girls’ High. Helga is passionate about teaching and new challenges. She enjoys working with people and loves sharing her talent.
Tel: 021 887 9163 / 082 864 3124