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Dr Heleen Du Plessis

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Professional Practice Fellow in Cello
DMA(Otago) in cello performance, Graduate Performance Diploma (Peabody Institute, John Hopkins), LRSM, LUSA, Recital Diploma (Conservatoire De Musique de Genève), BMus(Hons) (Pretoria), MusB (Potchefstroom)
Joined the staff in 2010

Tel 64 3 479 4001
Email heleen.duplessis@otago.ac.nz

Research and teaching expertise

  • Cello performance and recording of music from all periods, including contemporary music from South Africa & New Zealand as:
    • Soloist with orchestra
    • Soloist in recitals
    • Cellist in chamber music groups
    • Principal cellist in orchestra and cello ensemble
  • Practice-based research, performance as research
  • Pedagogy of cello technique, -scales, -practicing and -music, learning and teaching
  • Performance related injury, physical awareness, muscular-skeletal control, Electromyography analysis (EMG), Feldenkrais, movement and sound
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Community Activities

  • Part of a newly formed Peninsula Trio with Trevor Coleman, piano, Nick Cornish, saxophone, exploring classical improvisation and recording of polycyclic compositions by Coleman. CD release in October 2016.
  • Musical director, Cellists of Otago, 2010-2016
  • Founder of Cellists of Otago fund, providing financial support to cello students
  • Adjudicator of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition 2015-2016
  • Cellist in TriOtago with Prof. Terence Dennis and Tessa Petersen

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Publications

du Plessis, H. (2013). Cello for Africa. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

du Plessis, H. (cello) (2013, 19 March). Concerto for an African Cellist (19 March), with Hans Huyssen (conductor), Magda de Vries (marimba) and Malcolm Nay (piano), works by Klatzow, Pärt, Huyssen & Britten, Odeion, Bloemfontein, South Africa. [Performance].

Du Plessis, H. (cello soloist) (2010, 22 April). Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann & Mussorgsky, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa.

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2011, 2 April). Double Virtuosity!: Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 25 July). 1091st Concert of the Musaion Trio: Works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Beethoven, Johannesburg Musical Society, with Malcolm Nay (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 10 November). Department of Music Showcase Series: TriOtago Focus on France: Works by Fauré and Debussy, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 16 November). TriOtago Focus on France: Works by Fauré and Debussy, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (2013, 6, 8 October). Asia Orchestra Week, featuring the Southern Sinfonia, performing works by Ritchie, Mozart and Brahms, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and the Morioka Civic Cultural Hall, Japan. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 26 September). Te Kōkī: New Zealand School of Music Concert: Works for Cello, with Yoshiko Tsuruta (marimba), Adam Concert Room, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Newall, C. (piano) (2013, 8 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: New Zealand Music Month Concert: Works for piano & piano trio, works by Farquhar, Lilburn and Newall, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2013, 17 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: Britten 100 Festival: Centenary Commemorative Year Lunchtime Concert I: Chamber music for two pianos & cello & piano, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello) (2013, 19 March). Concerto for an African Cellist (19 March), with Hans Huyssen (conductor), Magda de Vries (marimba) and Malcolm Nay (piano), works by Klatzow, Pärt, Huyssen & Britten, Odeion, Bloemfontein, South Africa. [Performance].

Cornish, N. (oboe), Petersen, T. (violin), Filmer, A. (viola), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2013, 24 April). Department of Music: Britten 100 Festival: Centenary Commemorative Year Lunchtime Concert II: Instrumental Chamber Music, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 18 March). Cello & Piano Recital, works by Beethoven, Debussy and Britten, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 14 March). Department of Music Showcase Series: Beethoven & Britten Masterworks I, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 11 March). Cello & Piano Recital: Works by Beethoven, Debussy and Britten, presented by the Aroha Music Society, Turner Centre, Kerikeri, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 11 July). Nelson Winter Music Festival: Cello & Piano Recital (11 July), works by Beethoven, Klatzow, Debussy and Britten, Nelson School of Music, Nelson, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2011, 2 April). Double Virtuosity!: Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2011, 25 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: TriOtago plays Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915) & Piano Trio in G (1880), Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2010, 11 September). Heleen Du Plessis: Inaugural recital, recital of works by Debussy, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 30 May). Alexa Still in Concert with the Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Strings by Anthony Ritchie, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand.

Dennis, T. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 28 November). TriOtago: Inaugural Concert, playing Beethoven and Brahms, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2010, 12 October). St Paul's at One: Works by Chopin, Schumann and Rudolph, Otago Festival of the Arts, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Du Plessis, H. (cello soloist) (2010, 22 April). Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann & Mussorgsky, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 24 July). Musaion Trio Concert: Works by Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich, presented by the Unisa Music Foundation, with Malcolm Nay (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Enoch Sontonga Hall, Pretoria, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 25 July). 1091st Concert of the Musaion Trio: Works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Beethoven, Johannesburg Musical Society, with Malcolm Nay (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2009, 1 October). Musaion Trio Concert: Chamber Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Aardklop National Festival of the Arts, Conservatory Hall, University of the Northwest, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2009, 27 September). Musaion Trio Concert: Chamber Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, presented by the University of the Witwatersrand, Witsmusic & Wits Theatre, The Atrium, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2009, 8 November). Cello-Piano recital: Works by Debussy, Shostakovitch and Rachmaninoff, with Malcom Nay (piano), Musaion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2008, 27 June). Cello Recital: Works by Rachmaninov, Friday Noon Concert Series, with Eun Joo Chung (piano), Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2008, 28 June). Cello Recital: Works by Elgar, Shostakovich, Bach, Malotte and Rachmaninov, with Eun Joo Chung (piano), Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Lake Ridge, Virginia.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2008, 8 November). Symphonic Elegance Cello Concerto: Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, with the Nova Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Grace United Methodist Church, Manassas, Virginia.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2008, 6 December). Strings Attached: Works by Schubert and Dvorak, presented by Musical Arts International, Calvary Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2008, 4 October). Elgar's Concerto for Cello, with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Grace E. Metz Auditorium, Manassas, Virginia.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

du Plessis, H. (2013). Cello for Africa. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

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