Petrus Coetzee


Petrus Coetzee is employed full-time as principal violist of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) since 2018, making his debut as soloist with the CPO in April 2021. Petrus obtained an M.Mus. in Chamber Music with Violin at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter he spent 7 years abroad, studying a Masters Diploma in Viola at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, Austria, followed by an M.Mus. in Viola and String Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hanover, Germany. While studying in Hanover, he completed a two-year orchestral internship at the NDR Radiophilharmonie, and thereafter was employed as tutti violist at the Oldenburgisches Staatsteater for two years. Besides his current employment at the CPO, Petrus lectures viola part-time at both the Stellenbosch University Conservatory and the South African College of Music, Cape Town. He is a member of the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra and performs regularly as chamber musician in several ensembles at concert series and festivals in South Africa.