'This year's Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music, cellist Abel Selaocoe (24), is a shining example of a musician pushing the limits. "Abel is quickly becoming a consummate artist possessing great skill, command and flair on the cello. Coming from humble beginnings in Sebokeng, he has ascended to perform on world stages, combining a new eclectic sound with the mainstream...'
"It is rare to find as compelling a synthesis of explosive technical prowess and captivating powers of communication as that embodied by the extraordinarily gifted South African cellist, Abel Selaocoe."
- Leon Bosch