Cape Town, South Africa
Born in Taiwan and raised in South Africa, Eriel is passionate about cultural diplomacy. For almost two decades she has travelled extensively both locally and abroad, volunteering, engaging in social music programs, community development projects, and youth leadership initiatives whilst working as a teacher, performer, and administrator 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.
Most recently Eriel attended the Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution & Reconciliation, and moving forward, she plans to continue bringing together the ideals of El Sistema and peace building.
Photo: A. Huang