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ABOUT

Three Sisters Trio is an exciting new ensemble of South African-Canadian cellist sisters, Mari, Ine, and Luka Coetzee whose mission is to share the gift of music with audiences around the world. Playing together came naturally to them as they were able to sense what the other was going to do.
In 2005 the three sisters started homeschooling and started their outreach activities by playing at the New Brook Lodge Seniors Home in Brooks, Alberta on a monthly basis. Furthermore, they volunteered regularly in church services and have played at fundraisers throughout the community. Their first collaboration as a group was in 2007, with Mari age 10, and Ine age 8, playing in a wedding ceremony. Soon after that, Mari and Luka also started performing cello duets, and in 2009, Mari age 11, and Luka age four, performed in Stars of the Festival concert in Medicine Hat, receiving a standing ovation. In 2012, the trio was invited to perform in the Queen Jubilee Medal Ceremony in Calgary, playing the national anthem and music for Stephan Harper. The same year, they were featured in the Alberta Arts Foundation vignette series on projects and talent found in Alberta.
In 2014 they returned to their roots and brought their cellos to South Africa, performing in Pretoria, South Africa in honour of their grandfathers who passed away that year. This was one of the first performances of Popper’s Requiem for Three Cellos and was received to great acclaim. On that same trip, Mari, Ine, and Luka also performed at the Curro School, sharing the wonderful influence music has had on them with the children in assembly. In line with their passion for education outreach, they also had the opportunity to teach some music classes there, demonstrating the soundscape, developed by Canadian composer Murray Schaefer. Recently the Three Sisters Trio has done outreach with under-privileged children in and outside of Calgary, sharing the gift of music.
Constantly striving for excellence, it is a joy for the Three Sisters Trio to collaborate and create music in a world that is in need of peace, beauty, and harmony.

OUR STORY

 Born in South Africa, Mari and Ine immigrated to Canada with their family in the year 2000. Four years later the youngest sister, Luka, was born. From the very beginning of their lives, it was evident that music was knit deeply in their hearts, and it was a love that would be developed later.
Their mother, also a lover of music, started taking cello lessons after listening to opera her whole childhood. Cello, having the sound nearest to a human voice, was obviously the instrument of choice. When Mari heard the cello for the first time she was very eager to start lessons. Subsequently, Ine begged for lessons after two years of seeing her older sister start to learn. Mari then gave Ine her first lesson. A year after, Luka was born, and she also followed in the footsteps of the family, starting to play cello on a full sized viola with an endpin inserted.
When the three sisters started traveling from the small town of their childhood, Brooks, Alberta, to Calgary in order to study with Canada’s top instructors at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, they knew that cello was something that they could never let go. After many years of playing together and apart, they started realizing that all three had the same goal in mind. Moving to Calgary, near the Rocky Mountains, the three cellists were inspired by the glorious peaks of the mountain ranges. One day, driving past the famous Three Sisters mountains in Canmore, Ine, Mari and Luka realized they themselves were the three sisters. From there the name was born. Later they found out that each peak has a nickname: the oldest sister is called “Faith”, the middle “Charity”, and the youngest “Hope”. This was exactly in line with what all three strive to create in their music.
Three Sisters Trio is the story of sisters, each unique, but united by the same purpose, came together through their shared passion to form a trio that celebrates music’s unique power to communicate profound emotion and connect people from all backgrounds and languages.

ABOUT

Three Sisters Trio is an exciting new ensemble of South African-Canadian cellist sisters, Mari, Ine, and Luka Coetzee whose mission is to share the gift of music with audiences around the world…
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OUR STORY

 Born in South Africa, Mari and Ine immigrated to Canada with their family in the year 2000. Four years later the youngest sister, Luka, was born. From the very beginning of their lives, it was evident that music was knit deeply in their hearts…
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Mari Coetzee

Canadian cellist Marí Coetzee is an exciting, versatile performer, who is passionate about traditional and contemporary music alike. Included in CBC Music’s 2015 Edition of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Ms. Coetzee was awarded first place in the Shean Strings Competition. She was also a grand prize winner in the 2014 Canadian Music Competition and has performed as soloist with the Orchestra Symphonique de Quebec and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at The Juilliard School, Ms. Coetzee studies with Richard Aaron. She has also participated in some of the leading summer festivals in both the USA and Canada including fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and the Young Artist Program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. Born in South Africa in 1996, Ms. Coetzee’s cello studies began at age 5 after her family immigrated to Canada. Her primary teachers have included Johanne Perron, John Kadz, and Christine Bootland.

Mari Coetzee

Canadian cellist Marí Coetzee is an exciting, versatile performer, who is passionate about traditional and contemporary music alike. Included in CBC Music’s 2015 Edition of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30, Ms. Coetzee was awarded first place in the Shean Strings Competition…

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Ine Coetzee

Eighteen-year-old cellist, Ine-Wilmé Coetzee is an artist with a unique musical voice. She began her love of the cello at age five with Christine Bootland. She currently studies with John Kadz and Johanne Perron and is a student in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University.  Ine has performed in numerous music festivals and competitions provincially and nationally, such as in the Canadian Music Competition. In 2013 Ine performed as soloist with the Medicine Hat Academy Orchestra under conductor Mélanie Léonard, former assistant director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. An experienced chamber musician, Ine is a member of the award-winning YIP Piano Trio. This past June, they received first prize at the Provincial National Class Chamber Music category in the Alberta Provincial Music Festival and went on to represent Alberta in the National Music Festival in Ottawa. Ine is also in her third season with the New West Symphony and Choir and performs regularly at outreach concerts and other events across Alberta.

Ine Coetzee

Eighteen-year-old cellist, Ine-Wilmé Coetzee is an artist with a unique musical voice. She began her love of the cello at age five with Christine Bootland. She currently studies with John Kadz and Johanne Perron…

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Luka Coetzee

Music has been a part of twelve-year old Luka Coetzee’s life for as long as she can remember. Currently a student of the Honours Academy for Gifted Youth of Mount Royal University Conservatory, she began cello lessons with Christine Bootland at the age of one. Luka currently studies with renowned cellists John Kadz and Johanne Perron. A winner of the 2016 Calgary Concerto Competition, Luka performed as soloist with the Calgary Civic Symphony. She also won first prize in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in 2016 and was awarded a scholarship from the Canimex Group for her outstanding performance in the 11-14 yrs strings category. Equally talented on the piano, Luka started playing at age 3 and studies with Derek Chiu. She recently completed the grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exam in both cello and piano, with First Class Honours. When not playing music, Luka enjoys reading, swimming, and playing with her puppy, Lacie.

Luka Coetzee

Music has been a part of twelve-year old Luka Coetzee’s life for as long as she can remember. Currently a student of the Honours Academy for Gifted Youth of Mount Royal University Conservatory, she began cello lessons with Christine Bootland at the age of one….

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PORTFOLIO

“The reason all three sisters play the cello is simple. ‘It’s the sound… it sings and it’s beautiful.'” – The Canadian Press

PORTFOLIO

“The reason all three sisters play the cello is simple. ‘It’s the sound… it sings and it’s beautiful.'” – The Canadian Press

MINISTRY & PARTNERS

Outreach and education in and through the arts is an important part of who we are and why we exist as the Three Sisters Trio bringing music to diverse audiences.

We work with you and our partners to serve through multi-disciplinary performances at pediatric centers, nursing homes, and other health care facilities, as well as fundraising events for our partners from Calgary to New York.

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NEWS ARTICLES

Six-Year-Old Cello Prodigy Who Began Lessons at Age One to Perform in Calgary

Luka Coetzee doesn’t say much, but her music speaks volumes. The six-year-old cellist who began taking lessons before she turned two was literally speechless during an interview with The Canadian Press, smiling shyly and looking [...]