Sterling EQ is one of the most successful instrumental bands South Africa has ever produced.
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Known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats, Sterling EQ boasts three successful studio albums and a live DVD, three major music awards, over 700 live performances since 2007, and tens of thousands of followers worldwide. They have performed in 11 countries across 4 continents and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live television broadcasts to millions.
The multiple award-winning group is made up of electric flautist Carina Bruwer who is also well-known for her record-breaking marathon swimming feats which include solo crossings of the English Channel and Gibraltar Straits, electric violinist Luca Hart and electric cellist Ariella Caira. These three classically trained virtuosos share dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, as well as a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.
Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011, a 2013 Ghoema Music Award and a 2013 Huisgenoot Tempo Award, signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in Turkey, India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Pop Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch. Other memorable career moments include collaborating with the likes of Boney M and sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira, and performing in front of celebrities like Elton John, Liz Hurley, Annie Lennox, Lance Armstrong and Dr Robert Rey, amongst others. Further international recognition include playlisting on international satellite channel CMusic TV, being chosen by The Guardian (UK) as one of its “Musical Movers and Shakers” from across the Globe in its “March Best Music from Around the Map”, and song submissions from top international songwriters and instrumental music producers.