Renate Riedemann is an accomplished violinist and established musician in the South African music industry. Born and raised in Cape Town, she completed her B.Mus degree at the prestigious University of Stellenbosch with distinction and went on to receive her Honours degree in Musical Performance (Violin) the following year. She was appointed as concertmaster of the University’s Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and honoured with several awards and bursaries for musical performance as well as academic achievement.
*US Women’s Association Award
*LE Smallie Bursary
*HA Molteno Bursary
*Post Graduate Merit Bursary
*Helpmekaar Merit Bursary
*FAK/US Music Bursary
*Golden Key International Honour Society
In 2010 she was invited to audition as electric violinist in the award-winning instrumental pop group, Sterling EQ. She was appointed and began to travel extensively as part of the band, performing at local and international high profile events such as the MTN South African Music Awards, Dubai World Travel Awards, FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and the Gary Player Invitational to name a few. Throughout her three years in Sterling EQ they enjoyed widespread attention in various magazines, radio and television programs such as Top Billing, Expresso, ETV Sunrise, Kwêla, Sistahood and Idols. In 2012 the band was offered a record deal at EMI and released a successful album named Pulse, on which Renate performed extensively. It went on to win a Ghoema Award and a Huisgenoot Tempo Award for Best Instrumental Album 2013.
Renate has a proven track record as session musician, having recorded for a vast number of artists and working alongside some of the finest producers in SA. Her violin playing can be heard on over a 100 recordings as well as several film scores, including the local Klein Karoo film alongside well-known SA producer, Helmut Meijer.
Approached by esteemed guitar legend and composer/producer, Mauritz Lotz, she performed as soloist on his new collaboration album, Kaleidoscopic.
She also formed part of the live band at the 2015 Fiësta Awards under the direction of Janine Neethling and Ian von Memerty. In March the same year she had the opportunity to perform at the Cape Town Stadium as part of the string section for international pop sensation, Michael Bublé.
Renate is currently affiliated with Red Cello Productions as electric violinist and regularly performs as soloist in the eye-catching “Bubble”. Travelling both nationally and internationally she has an extensive record in corporate entertainment experience.
After discovering a new passion for singing, the UK songwriting duo Tony Hiller and Dave McGerty from Hyde Park Music together with Tania McGerty composed a song especially for Renate. She was then approached by Sony SA to form part of an Afrikaans folk group as vocalist and violinist. The band received significant media attention after their single “Die Gras Is Altyd Groener” reached the number one spot on various radio charts. Unfortunately the group disbanded after Sony Nostalgie was terminated abruptly due to corporate restructuring within Sony SA. Her independent release of the single “What Do You Say” is currently receiving significant airplay on several national and regional radio stations.
Her voice has received great reviews by esteemed people such as Sasha Martinengo and Mike Batt amongst others.
“That is sensational” – Sasha Martinengo with regards to “Summertime”
“Lovely voice” – Mike Batt with regards to “You Make The Angels Smile”
Being no stranger to the media, she was invited to present and host an episode of the KykNET program, Fiësta, where Dogters Van Man performed at the Season of Sauvignon Festival.
Renate’s singing career is on the rise, having partnered with StoneBear & Mayor Records and are currently working on the release of several singles with the prospects of bigger things to come.
ALBUMS | COLLABORATIONS | SINGLES
STERLING EQ SPEEL AFRIKAANS
RELEASED: OCTOBER 2010
STERLING SPEEL AFRIKAANS – a delightful 15 track album consisting of instrumental versions of some of the most legendary Afrikaans songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Album available on iTunes.
STERLING EQ PULSE
RELEASED: AUGUST 2012
Sterling EQ released its much anticipated third album, Pulse, in August 2012, under the EMI label. The album has won the Ghoema Award and Huisgenoot Tempo Award for Best Instrumental Album. Album available on iTunes.
WHAT DO YOU SAY
RELEASED: SEPTEMBER 2014
Single by Renate Riedemann.
Written, arranged and produced by Jean-Pierre Steyn.
Available on SoundCloud.
DOGTERS VAN MAN DIE GRAS IS ALTYD GROENER
RELEASED: JUNE 2013
Their debut single is one they like to call, “Die Gras Is Altyd Groener” and with a folk/country style to their sound, they’re set to appeal to audiences across the board. The single was released under the SME Africa label. Single available on iTunes.
RELEASED: FEBRUARY 2016
Label: StoneBear&Mayor Records
Written by Lukas de Beer, arranged by Renate and StoneBear&Mayor and produced by Helmut Meijer. Mastered: Geoff Pesche from Abbey Road Studios. Single
available on iTunes.