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Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg was born in Pretoria in 1966. His family moved to Stellenbosch in 1970. In 1986 he obtained the BA degree Cum Laude at the University of Stellenbosch with main subjects Music and History. Then followed two years overseas study at the Rotterdam Conservatoire (Holland) where he was granted the Performers Diploma at the end of 1988.

At the Stellenbosch Conservatoire he studied with Reinier Strydom, Joyce Davis, and Roy Lilley. The well known Belgian trumpet virtuoso Theo Mertens was his tutor in Rotterdam. He attended master classes at Toulon (France), Utrecht (Holland), and Paris (France) and was personally coached by such international celebrities as Maurice André, Adolph Herseth, Edward Tarr, and Timofy Dokschitzer.

Mr. van Zuilenburg holds Licentiates of the Royal Schools of Music of London (LRSM-Performers) and UNISA (UPLM-Performers) obtained with Honours. In 1994 he received his BMus degree in Music Science from the University of South Africa Cum Laude. He obtained his Masters Degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996, and a PhD in 2000.

Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg was awarded numerous prizes and bursaries: among others, SAMRO Special Overseas Study Bursary, UNISA, Oude Meester, Twents Conservatorium Prize-Enschedé (Holland), and Forte. He has been a regular performer on SABC radio and has performed as soloist with all the leading orchestras in South Africa. After playing in the NPO for seven years, he took up the position of Head of Brass at Hilton College in 1997. He has also performed as soloist with Kobus du Plooy in Organ and Trumpet recitals at all the South African major Art Festivals.

Kobus du Plooy obtained his B.Mus., B.Mus. Hons and M.Mus. degrees as well as the Performer's and Teacher's Licentiates from UNISA. He has performed as organist/harpsichordist in numerous ensembles, including the Durbam Bigaglia Ensemble, the Early Music Ensemble, the Napac Ensemble, Corelli Consort and baroque 2000. He recorded a CD of church music for Carlin Library in London as well as a program of Christmas music for the SABC.


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