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Carina BruwerLocation: Based in Cape Town
Lead player and founder of the multiple award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ, Carina Bruwer is not only one of the most recognisable instrumental musicians in South Africa; she has also made an indelible mark on the open water and marathon swimming record books through many daring and record-breaking swimming feats. Carina, a mother of two who is actively involved in a number of charitable initiatives, is also an entrepreneur, and the owner of one of SA's largest entertainment companies and the first online event entertment booking platform in Africa.
Carina, a multiple award-winning Classical-contemporary flautist, leads Sterling EQ – the all-woman three-piece known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats. The group boasts four successful releases – all of which were executive produced by Carina – plus 3 major music awards (SAMA, Tempo and Ghoema Awards), over 800 live performances since 2008, and thousands of followers worldwide. They have performed in 11 countries and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers, collaborated and shared stages with international artists, and received reviews form international publications such as The Guardian (UK), while regularly receiving song submissions from top international songwriters and instrumental music producers.
Carina received the degree BMus (Hons) cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003, majoring in solo performance and winning numerous awards and bursaries throughout her studies. She also holds a UNISA Performers Licentiate which she received with highest distinction. While a student at the Stellenbosch Conservatoire, she annually received academic excellence awards, numerous Conservatoire prizes and bursaries, and in 2002 she was awarded Academic Colours from the University. During her final years at University, she took Jazz lessons and performed with local Blues and Jazz artists to broaden her musical palette.
As a soloist, Carina has won numerous music awards, including the ATKV Muziq Category Prize, Distell Music Prize, Huguenot Prize, UNISA Overseas Study Bursary runner-up prize, plus various SAMRO prizes and a Kanna award nomination. She has performed as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic and University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestras.
Carina has been almost exclusively performing with Sterling EQ since she founded the group in 2008, with a consistently busy diary taking her across the world. During the years preceding Sterling, Carina directed and toured her own Classical crossover productions, performed and recorded for diverse musical groups (most of which she also managed), including Afro-Cuban Salsa band Salsa Candela, the light-Classical ACE Quartet, and flamenco group Casta Alma; she appeared as guest soloist with various groups and orchestras including The KZN Philharmonic and Cape Philharmonic, and she did sessions for, and guested with numerous ad hoc orchestras, ensembles and bands.
A highly decorated long distance swimmer, Carina competed in 7 countries between 2004 and 2006, breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), winning numerous races, and enjoying significant media coverage, highlights of which includes being one of Cosmopolitan’s Awesome Woman 2005, one of Glamour’s “Women We Love” 2005, and Sports Illustrated’s “Top 10 Beauties of Sport”, plus an international insert on Gillette World Sport. After taking a break from open water swimming when she started a family in 2008, Carina returned to the sport in 2013 with a dramatic and widely publicized solo rounding of Cape Point for child cancer.
R E C O R D S: Carina held the female record for the fastest Straits of Gibraltar crossing for 5 years, the overall record for the fastest swim around Robben Island, and the female record for the Cape Point swim. To date, she is the only swimmer to have rounded both the southern-most and the northern-most tips of Africa, and the only person to successfully swim around Danger Point. She also holds the record for the longest swim by a female in the Messina Straits for her Messina Straits Quadruple crossing of 15km.
M O S T N O T A B L E S W I M S
- Across False Bay, South Africa – FIRST SA WOMAN; THIRD SWIMMER EVER | Date: 26 February 2006 | Distance: 36km; Time: 10h58
- English Channel Crossing, England to France – FASTEST SA WOMAN | Date: 1 August 2005 | Distance: 36km; Time: 12h03
- Messina Straits Quadruple Crossing, Italy to Sicily and back twice – FURTHEST SWIM BY A WOMAN IN THE MESSINA STRAITS | Date: 21 June 2014 | Distance: 15km; Time: 03h59
- Straits of Gibraltar crossing – Held FEMALE WORLD RECORD for 7 years | Date: 15 June 2005 | Distance: 16km; Time: 3h35
- Straits of Bonifacio crossing, Corsica (France) to Sardinia (Italy) | Date: 17 June 2014 | Distance: 15km; Time: 04h28
- Female winner and 3rd place overall in the 2006 Key West Marathon, USA | Date: June 2006 | Distance: 20km; Time: 4h39
- Female winner and 4th place overall in the 2005 International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf, Greece | Date: 23 July 2005 | Distance: 26km; Time: 7h58
- Robben Island to Bloubergstrand 7,5km and Three Anchor Bay (11km) | 9 crossings to date; Best time: 1h58 ( 2007 and 2014 )
- Around Robben Island Swim – held OVERALL RECORD for 8 years | Date: 27 April 2005 | Distance: 11km; Time: 3h07
- First person to round the Northern-most point of Africa – Bizerte, Tunisia | Date: 15 Octobert 2004 | Distance: 16km; Time: 3h50
- First person to round DANGER POINT – Gansbaai | Date: 11 August 2004 | Distance: 11km; Time: 3h16
- First female and first South African to swim around Cape Agulhas | Date: 27 April 2004 | Distance: 11km; Time: 2h16 Broke the record of Englishman Lewis Pugh set in 1994 by 2 hours
- First South African to swim around Cape Point – FASTEST TIME (broken since). Still holds Female record | Date: 27 March 2004 | Distance: 8,5km; Time: 2h20
- 25km South African Open Water Swimming Championships held at Midmar, February 2005 | second female, fouth place overall
- 10km South African Open Water Swimming Championships held at Midmar, February 2004 | first place overall
- 10km Western Province Open Water Swimming Championships, Mykonos, December 2003 | First female, third overall
- False Bay 12km Iron Man Swimming Challenge (Simonstown to Muizenberg) | First female 2003; second female 2004
- 30 minute Motivational talk: "Give of Yourself To Be Truly Whole"
- Carina can also customise a talk according to a particular event brief.
- Solo flute performance or a performane by Sterling EQ can be included
Awards & Distinctions
- South African Music Award (SAMA) 2011 for Sterling EQ Live in Concert which Carina produced
- Tempo Award for best instrumental album of the Year 2013 for the Sterling EQ album Pulse Carina executive produced
- Cosmopolitan Awesome Woman award 2005
- Ghoema Award for best instrumental album of the Year 2013 for the Sterling EQ album Pulse which Carina executive produced
- Lewis Pugh Trophy for the most outstanding swim of the year (2006) – based on speed and quality – for crossing False Bay (36km) in 10 hours, 58 minutes
- Supersport Champions Award (2004)
- ATKV Musiq Award for the best performance of a South African work
- ATKV Muziq Category Prize
- Distell Music Prize
- Huguenot Prize
- UNISA Overseas Study Bursary runner-up prize
- Various SAMRO prizes and a Kanna award nomination
- CNN's African Voices aired a 10-minute long in-depth profile interview with Carina during 2015
- Main Profile Feature on Gilette World Sport
- Profile features on many major SA television productions including Kwela, Pasella, The Power Within
- Prime time news inserts on SABC1, 2 and 3 and ETV
- In print media she has made the front page of most local newspapers, and has been featured in glossies including Sarie, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Sports Illustrated and Shape Magazine, amongst many others, while she was featured as one of Glamour mag's 12 "Women We Loved" and a "Cosmo Awesome Woman".
Typical Budget for Carina Bruwer is
R8000 - R15000 excl. VAT.
Please note this is merely a guide; if you submit a booking enquiry, you will receive an exact quote based on the unique details of your event.
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