Abel Selaocoe

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal College of Music

South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is a rising star in his field, redefining the parameters of the cello- from collaborations with beatboxers to concerto performances.

He recently made his debut at the Bridgewater Hall, showcasing Tim Garland’s Cello and Saxophone Double Concerto. Abel has also worked extensively as a soloist in South Africa, performing concertos with Johannesburg, KZN and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras. He is currently a finalist of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition – the highest platform the conservatoire offers to soloists.

As an orchestral musician, Abel has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Aldeburgh Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (including the World Orchestra at the BBC Proms) and Multi-Storey (bringing classical music to a diverse audience in bespoke settings, such as carparks).

Abel finds himself in many chamber music settings, having made his debut at the Wigmore Hall with the Torre String Quartet and touring with the Zelkova String Quartet and the Quartet of Peace.

Abel is an artist keen to explore and remould the role of the cello, and regularly collaborates with jazz and African musicians. His love of improvisation and world music led him to co-founding Project Jam Sandwich, a global folk fusion quintet whose success has led them to performing in festivals all over the UK, from the BBC Proms to Ulverston International Festival, as well as several broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

Abel is grateful to have been the recipient of three prestigious awards: The John Hosier Trust Award (Sir Simon Rattle as Patron), Suggia Gift and Karl Motesiczky Scholarship.