Adri Naude-Scholtz is a versatile violinist, well-respected for her work in Classical orchestras and ensembles, as well as contemporary productions, and solo shows and projects.
Adri has been playing violin since the age of seven. One of her first major achievements as violinist was being appointed as co-concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra, which took her on an international tour of Scotland. Adri later established herself as a permanent member of the National Symphony Orchestra in 1994, touring both locally and internationally, including interesting places such as Egypt. She is a founder member of the Johannesburg Philharmonic orchestra and the Johannesburg Music Initiative. After about 12 years of playing only classical music, she decided to broaden her horizons and became involved in the light music industry.
Career highlights include performing on Mango Groove’s first album and live with Claire Johnston. She also performed live with the famous Bono of U2 at former President Mandela’s 85th birthday in 2003. Other highlights include performing with Pavarotti, both in 1996 and at his farewell concert in 2005, and also with the famous Three Tenors: Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras, at the Union Buildings in 1999, which was transmitted live via satellite worldwide.
Adri has performed internationally at venues such as the Henry Wood Hall (London) as soloist and locally at the Sun City Superbowl with well-known artists such as Sarah Brightman. Other well-known artists with whom she shared the stage include Steve Hofmeyr; Mathys Roets; Maurits Lotz; Nianel; Joseph Clarke; Theuns Jordaan; Pieter Smith; Jannie Moolman Yvonne Chaka-Chaka; Gloria Bosman; Rebecca Molope; Sibongile Khumalo anf TKZee.
She has toured extensively with the legendary Steve Hofmeyr with his “Platinum Treffers” show. Other productions in which she played lead violin include various Barnyard Theatre shows (like arvest Moon, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock Me Amadeus and Celtic Rock; some of which toured internationally), Nataniel’s “The Coronation”, Klassieke Chameleon (Chris Chameleon) national tour, “Passport” at Carousel Casino, and “A New Day” at Carnival City with Joseph Clarke and Jamali.
Adri has been involved in numerous DVD recordings by headline artists such as:
- Mathys Roets: Songs of Leonard Cohen
- Steve Hofmeyr: Sun City Superbowl – Grootste Platinum Treffers
- Juanita du Plessis: Gospel Live
- Gerrie Pretorius: Live, as well as “Ek sing vir jou Bles”
- Nianell: Life’s Gift
- Skouspel since 2003: as part of the JMI orchestra
- Skouspel 2006: as a soloist with Nicholas Louw in “Rock daai Lyfie”
Adri has been part of several CD recordings of well known artists such as:
- Steve Hofmeyr
- Julius Magan
- Mango Groove
- Pieter Smith
- Liesl Marx, etc.
In 2007 EMI approach her to record a solo instrumental album with a variety of tracks from Vanessa May to well known Afrikaans songs.