Donné de Kock may be just 19, but she’s already garnered impressive credentials as a violinist. She has been a member of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra since 2007 and travelled with them to Germany in 2008 and 2012. She has also performed as a soloist with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and both the Johannesburg Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras.
Donné has been playing the violin since the age of five and has been tutored by Professor Jack de Wet in Cape Town for the past six years.
In 2010, Donné won the Pieter Schoeman Trophy at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod. She also reached the semi-finals of the Artscape Youth Music Competition, and won the best violinist prize.
2011 saw Donné chosen to participate in Unisa’s Gifted Young Musicians Development Programme, which took her to a professional performance level as well as master classes with prominent musicians.
She was again selected to compete in the Artscape Youth Music Competition in the October, where she won the strings category, the best violinist prize, the prize for the best performance of a South African composition and second place in the overall competition.
After matriculating in 2012, Donné spent 2013 travelling and performing with various artists, including Selim Kagee, as well as orchestras such as the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra. She continues to study with Professor De Wet and aims to further her career as a performing artist.