Top Pianist/Arranger/Composer

Soon after completing his drama studies, Didi Kriel ventured into the music world and worked at the infamous Black Sun Cabaret Theatre and was subsequently introduced to musical theatre.

He has work with many South African celebrities and has worked extensively in all musical genres.

To date, he has arranged and produced various CD’s and hundreds of cabaret and musical shows.

He has worked with such artist as Nataniel, Janice Honeyman, Laurika Rauch, Martinus Basson, Sandra Prinsloo,Vicky Sampson, Ian von Memmerty, Amanda Strydom, Abigail Kubeka, Karin Hougaardt, Kate Normington, Fiona Ramsay, Casper De Vries, Lizz Meiring, Hannes Muller,Vusi Mashasheala, Jennifer Ferguson, Christopher Kindo, Thandi Klaasen, Janet Suzman, Athol Fugard, Michael Richards, James Borthwich and many more. 

Corporate highlights include Virgin Atlantic, Bidvest, Eskom, FNB, Boland Bank, Sasol and Vodacom.

Other highlights include two tours with Johannes Kerkorrel to the Benelux countries and  working with Belgium’s Stef Bos ;composing Thandi Klaasen’s  Dutch Top Ten single “Awuwa”; Janice Honeyman’s first three pantomimes("Snow White","Aladdin" & "Jack and the Beanstalk") ; Janet Suzman’s productions of Brecht’s “Sharkeville” and  Chekov’s “Cherry Orchard” ;

Vita nomination for Ilse van Hemert’s TV series “Viva” ; Athol Fugards “Valley Song”(Canadian Musical Nomination);

FNB Awards for Kerkorrel’s “Cyanide” and “Getransformeer” and Lieze Stassen’s “Thula” ;

Five children films for the EBU. He was musical director/ composer for Brollock & Bittergal, Spook van Donkergat and Antjie Somers which all debut at KKNK.

For Television he has composed for various productions most recently "Shadow's and "Snitch". He composed the music for the films "Running Riot", Mr Bones 2" and "Mama Jack".

He put together and established two of S A most famous boy and girl-bands "Eden" and "Shine 4".(all their cd's have gone gold). He is also been working on his opera “Faux Pac”

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