Levon Chilingarian writes:
Cellist Philip De Groote (1949-2018), the rock on which the Chilingarian Quartet was founded, passed away peacefully last night. His supremely sensitive playing provided the ideal conversational foil for all who had the privilege of performing with him. The Chilingarian Quartet profoundly mourns his untimely death. I am personally deeply saddened by the loss of my long-time musical soulmate.
Born in Johannesburg, De Groote co-founded the quartet in 1971. He taught at the Royal College of Music and the University of Cape Town, retiring from the quartet in 2013.