Kamogelo Maraba

Kamogelo Maraba with Abel Selaocoe and Sifiso Mbatha at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Kamogelo Maraba started playing the cello at the age of eight, under Susan Mouton, and later with Carel Henn. Kamo was a music student at The National School of The Arts (NSA) from 2015-2019 in Johannesburg. In 2016 he began to have music lessons at The Morris Issacson Centre for Music (MICM) with Daliwonga Tshangela, and in 2017 he joined the ARCO Project studying the cello with Peggy Nolan, cellist of The Eblana String Trio.

Kamo has been involved in many exciting festivals, courses, collaborations and chamber music concerts both in South Africa and the UK. To name but a few - Wakkerstroom, Rand Symphony Orchestra Concerto Festival, East Rand Youth Orchestra, South Africa House (London), and most recently with violist Garth Knox during the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition held at RBC. In addition, Kamo has attended the South African National Youth Orchestra, Pro Corda North Chamber Music Course and Cadenza International Summer School for Strings and Piano, and he is the former principal cellist of The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra (JYO).

Kamo is currently in his 4th year of the BMus Degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) studying the cello with Ben Davies. Kamo received a substantial fee scholarship from RBC, and further major funding the ARCO Project, Quartet of Peace (QoP), private donors and a generous fellowship which includes substantial funding from the JPO. Kamo is very grateful for the loan of a cello made by Collin Irving in 1985 on loan from Keith Gibbs.

Kamo is now an accomplished cellist looking to audition for postgraduate courses around the country. He has continued to give back to others, through his involvement in RBC's Learning and Participation groups, and being a teacher on the ARCO Project.

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