"It was this versatility, along with the voices and moods that the instrument is capable of, that young cellist Abel Selaocoe wished to demonstrate with his eclectic programme for his recital which took place in the Beethoven Room at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown."
"...not just a proficient player of the cello, but a virtuoso... made you almost believe that he was a native of Elgar’s Malvern Hills, Herefordshire"
Stuart Millson, Endnotes
Interview with Abel Selaocoe and Hannah Roberts
"He led the band through a rousing, soulful treatment of the traditional Ulidzile! ... Remarkably, he succeeded, inspiring enthusiastic three-part harmonies from the crowd"
Robin Denselow, The Guardian
"Another revelation was the performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, played by a rising star of classical music, Abel Selaocoe. Originally from South Africa’s townships, Mr. Selaocoe – through determination, ambition and his God-given talent for music – rose through various conservatories, to become not just a proficient player of the cello, but a virtuoso: a man on the threshold of what could be international acclaim. The soloist interpreted one of the most instantly recognisable English works in the repertoire with a feeling and emotion which made you almost believe that he was a native of Elgar’s Malvern Hills, Herefordshire and the land of the Severn. One of the great tests of the concerto is the devilishly-difficult second movement, an Allegro Molto – a rapid, darting, whirligig passage which requires nimble manoeuvres, quick wits, utter concentration and panache. Abel Selaocoe passed the test with flying colours, and brought the Concerto to a majestic conclusion – summarising all of Elgar’s autumnal colour and deep-seated nostalgia."
"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