Born in South Africa, violist and overtone singer Gareth Lubbe gives solo and ensemble performances in various parts of Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. He started piano and violin lessons when he was four and made his first appearance with an orchestra aged just nine. Lubbe also performed in Pretoria at President Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994. He continued his studies in Germany with Peter Matzka, Gorjan Košuta, Barbara Westphal and the Alban Berg Quartet. He has been principal viola with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra led by Philippe Herreweghe and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. In 2013 he became Professor of Viola at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen. Lubbe is also a highly respected 'overtone' singer and performs and gives lectures on the subject all over the world. Many composers have written works for him in this role.