ABOUT

ROCCO DE VILLIERS CAREER SYNOPSIS

Rocco de Villiers is a South African pianist, producer, composer, musical director and cocktail connoisseur. Rocco does regular concert tours throughout South Africa and gets featured in magazines, newspapers and gets regular television coverage. Some of Rocco’s cocktail recipies and his writings were included in various publications. He finished a B Mus ( Ed) degree at the University of the Free State, South Africa in 1987. He moved to Johanneburg in 1990 and became musical director at CLUB 58, a cult cabaret venue in Hillbrow, Johanneburg.

Rocco is owner and director of ROCCOROCCOMUSIC (est. 2004)  through which he produces all his stage productions. He is also co – owner and  co – director of Third Ear Sound (with Kutlwano Masote), which undertakes commissions in museum sound concept design.

Record Label:    UNIVERSAL

  • screen test 1998
  • not a word ( with sergio zampolli) 1990
  • era 2000
  • call me oldfashioned 2001
  • la scala 2003
  • if freud knew the steps 2005
  • never stop playing 2008
  • beautiful beautiful piano 2011 ( platinum album – sales of more than 40 000)
  • more beautiful piano 2012 ( gold album – sales of more than 20 000)
  • stunning 2013
  • countrykeys 2014
  • beautiful piano – live DVD 2012
  • the beautiful collection 2015
  • beautiful beautiful hymns 2015
  • escape form ordinary life ( single in itunes) 2016
  • roccoralia – 2016
  • amazing grace   2016
  • leon en rocco…en ander instrumente   2016
  • countryboy, almost – 2014
  • all about the piano – 2015
  • pure rocco – 2015
  • one rocco, two pianos – 2013
  • awesome – clover aardklop – 2013
  • stunning – countrywide tour 2013/2014
  • rocco de villiers in concert –emperors palace ( 2013)
  • beautiful piano – 2012
  • more beautiful piano – 2012
  • more beautiful than ever/mooier as mooi – 2012
  • beautiful beautiful piano – 2011
  • beeldskoon/but beautiful – 2011
  • it takes 2 – 2009
  • one rocco, one piano – 2008·
  • rocco entertains – 2008
  • rocco’s future – 2007
  • liberocco: a liberace tribute – 2007
  • one rocco, one piano, one band – 2006
  • rocco on piano with guitar – 2006
  • rocband- 2006
  • momtails – 2005
  • la scala – 2004·
  • the roccorocco show (with CH2 guitar duo) – 2004
  • rocco, bass & guitar – 2003
  • call me old fashioned – 2002
  • roctails – 2001
  • era (music from the album era) – 2000
  • the music that makes me dance – 1999
  • zantarocco (for piano, violin and percussion) with zanta hofmeyr and tonya selley – 1999
  • in concert with the national chamber orchestra at the sun city superbowl – 1998
  • rocco and sergio (for piano and accordion) – music from the album not a word – 1998
  • on piano…rocco de villiers – 1997
  • jazz for you (PACT) – 1997
  • big ( a concerto for piano and orchestra in 2 movements) with the pacofs symphony orchestra, bloemfontein – 1997
  • performed works by gershwin and poulend with pacofs symphony orchestra and johannesburg philharmonic orchestra ( 1983 -1999)
  • VONK AWARD FOR SALES OF MORE THA 20 000 FOR BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL PIANO – 2011
  • TEMPO FOR MOST POPULAR INSTRUMENTAL – 2012
  • GHOEMA AWARD FOR BEST INTRUMENTAL CD  – 2016
  • NOMINATIONS FOR GERAAS, SAMA, GHOEMA AND CAPE THEATRE AWARD, KANNA ( 1998 – 2013 )
  • feelings
  • era/timothy
  • sarie marais
  • martini dreams
  • music box dancer
  • you raise me up
  • chariots of fire
  • edelweiss
  • kla 1 kla 2 kla 3 kla 4
  • jim muller keurspel no 1 (polka)
  • amazing grace

Rocco also worked as accompanist and musical director with several South African artisits like Wendy Mseleku, Karin Hougaard, Elzabe Zietman, Nataniel, Alida White, Marloe Scoot- Wilson, Gloria Bosman, Judy Page, Fiona Ramsey, Lydia vom Hagen, Karen Meiring  and Mimi Coertse.

Rocco was musical director on musicals like The Diary of Adrian Mole, You’re a good man Charlie Brown and Brommer in die Boord. He was also mucical director and conductor of the KKNK POPS from 1998 – 2001.

  • nataniel & rocco ( 2 concerts)
  • jazz vir jou en n bietjie blou ( with amanda strydom)
  • die danie bosman storie ( with mynie grove, gloria bosman and joe niemand)
  • koos en rocco : klavier en kitaar; kombuis en bar ( with koos kombuis)
  • one act ( with elzabe zietsman)
  • speel ( with lizz meiring)
  • leon en rocco…en ander instrumente ( with leon van nierop)
  • flash – 2011 ( musical direction)
  • jozi, ma sweetie – 2009 ( oroginal music and concept)
  • ballades: poetry of van · wyk louw and vilakazi – 2006
  • vitamin R – 2005 ( concept and original music)
  • tango! – 2003

Rocco also produced and arranged several cd albums for South African artisits like Karin Hougaard, Elzabé Zietman, Nataniël, Petronel Baard and Lize Beekman.

  • die liedjies wat ons ken reeks 1 & 2
  • kersfees : die mooiste verhaal
  • paasfees : n verhaal van hoop
  • kook en klavier en rocco ( season 1 & 2)
  • klop die klawers ( season 1 & 2)
  • beter assie bure ( season 1)

• klank baan vir filmkomedie LYKLOLLERY
• A PARABLE : Clive van den Berg
• Brewsie & Willie (rocam production, new york 2012)

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