Death of a great quartet cellist, 68

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.

Chilingirian String Quartet perform Mozart Quartet K589 First Movement, August 2012, Lake District Summer Music Festival from on Vimeo.

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  • Tessa, Piet, Hermina, so jammer om te hoor van Philip se afsterwe. Ons dink aan julle en herleef weer van vooraf die wonderlike ervarings wat ons met die de Groote familie gehad het oor die jare.

    • I’d like to echo your comment, Rosemary, if I may? The click of a shutter connected us all back then; the sad demise of Philip does now.

  • And so in death he joins his brother, the remarkable pianist Steven de Groote, who died 29 years ago, and is already sadly and unjustly forgotten.

  • We were students together at the Royal College of Music in the late ‘60’s. We roomed at the Victorian League for Commonwealth Friendship in Bayswater. His after pub party piece was to grab someone’s violin and hold it like a cello and play. RIP.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. He and his wife, Jeanette, were great friends to me and my husband when we lived in Chislehurst.

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