ROCCO DE VILLIERS
South African pianist and entertainer Rocco de Villiers has released 13 instrumental cd’s, 3 BEST OF Collections Albums of his work over the last 22 years, 2 cocktail books, a live DVD and wrote and produced 35 instrumental stage productions.
His most recent album release was in 2018, KORTBROEK, LANGKOUSE. His previous albums BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL PIANO, MORE BEAUTIFUL PIANO, STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL HYMNS all reached either gold or platinum status. In 2014 Rocco also released sheet music, ROCCO DE VILLIERS BLADMUSIEK VIR KLAVIER VOLUME 1 of his own compositions. VOLUME 2 is due for release in 2020.
Rocco’s projects for 2020 include a countrywide tour of South Africa and a new album of the music of Jim Muller – an iconic South African pianist form the 1950’s. Rocco will also be feautured in LAST NIGHT OFF THE PROMS, with Maestro Richard Cock in 6 spectacular concerts countrywide with various orchestras. Rocco has been nominated and awarded a HUISGENOOT TEMPO, GHOEMA , VONK, SAMA, KANNA, WOORD-TROFEE, CAPE THEATRE AWARD and more recently an AITSA.
Rocco has recently written the score to an American film, BREWSIE and WILLIE, composed the theme music for 9 television series and has produced 2 television series and 2 documentaries for M-NET on the history of South African music. He was also a presenter of 2 series on kykNET, KOOK EN KLAVIER EN ROCCO and KLOP DIE KLAWERS and more recently series 1 and 2 of a music game show on SABC 2, BETER ASSIE BURE. Season 3 is due for broadcast in 2020.
Rocco does more than 100 performances yearly, appears on television regularly, does MC work. Rocco runs his own charity, TOUCH, which involves visits to old age homes and retirement villages to entertain the immobile elderly. He has now visited more than 160 institutions.
Rocco is a collector of single malts, loves baked puddings and trains 5 times weekly.