Cape Town, South Africa
Born in Taiwan and raised in South Africa, Eriel is passionate about cultural diplomacy. She has travelled to 30 countries volunteering, engaging in social music programs, community development projects, and youth leadership initiatives whilst working as a teacher, performer, administrator and activist in the professional music industry.
Eriel has participated in numerous community and regional discussion panels, interfaith dialogues, and awareness forums, developing a keen interest in mediation and diplomacy. As a Mellon Foundation Fellow, she pursued her interdisciplinary Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town, studying Music Performance, Social Development, and Conflict Resolution. She has also toured as an electric violinist for the award winning South African band Sterling EQ.
Since graduating from the Fellowship, highlights include a return teaching residency to Venezuela, and working in Israel and Afghanistan for the first time, as well as guest lecturing in Taiwan and South Africa, and at Tufts University on ‘Music for Social Change’. Eriel was a representative at the G8 Youth Summit, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum, the Nobel Laureate Youth Summit, and the Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution & Reconciliation. Moving forward, Eriel plans to continue bringing together the ideals of El Sistema and peacebuilding.
Photo: A. Huang