Web Maestro is a compelling innovative entity geared towards being a music and arts hub that provides customized entertainment solutions for their various clients.
Some of Web Maestro’s offerings include artist management. To this end, they were recently appointed as managers and the sole booking agent for opera singer Pretty Yende in South Africa. The entity also owns the trademark Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg, a freelance professional orchestra which recently performed at the annual Talk Radio 702 Mothers’ Day concert at the Joburg Zoo as well as the run of Madiba the African Opera in May 2014.
Other recent high-profile events where Web Maestro has been engaged to provide entertainment includes the South African Film and Television Awards (April 2014), WIPHOLD’s 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner (March 2014), Mpumalanga government’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela (December 2013) and the South African launch of the Swiss private bank, ANDBANK (June 2014).
Web Maestro is passionate about music development. To this end, we ensure the inclusion of talented semi-professional students as part of Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg where possible, to be paired with and mentored by an established professional. We also currently sponsor two young string players’ private tuition with professional teachers.
Our long-term vision is to grow audiences for classical music by interacting with new audiences on social media and other interesting novel platforms. Bridging the gap between the different music genres is of great importance to us because we recognize that there are more similarities is these than meets the ear. Our projects provide artists from these different traditions to have a creative conversation and find new musical languages that can only enrich our music landscape.
INTRODUCING THE Web Maestro Directors
Born into a musical family in Soweto, Kutlwano Masote had his love for music encouraged from an early age by his parents and grandparents. His father Michael is a celebrated music teacher who founded the Soweto Youth Orchestra, and later the Soweto Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1960s. Kutlwano grew up in a vibrant classical music environment and eventually took up the cello at the age of eleven. He took up the cello at the age of eleven. After studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, he was awarded a scholarship by Yehudi Menuhin to study cello and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Upon his return to South Africa in 1998, Masote joined the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).
After the closure of the NSO, Masote became involved in various music NGOs like the Johannesburg Music Initiative (co-founder in 2001), Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (board director in 2001), the MIAGI Festival (2005-2007), the Arts and Culture Trust (chairman in 2007 and 2008). He currently serves on SAMRO Foundation’s Artistic Committee and also enjoyed a thirteen-year career is radio both at Classic fm and SAfm. Masote made his conducting debut in 2006 in a concert of the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Todd Matshikiza. In 2007 he conducted the Todd Matshikiza Retrospective Concert at the State Theatre.
During the MIAGI Festival of 2008, Masote conducted the world-premier Coming Home, a jazz gospel cantata by Isak Roux. Some of the soloists he has conducted include Sibongile Mngoma, Lira, Samson Diamond, Pretty Yende and Simphiwe Dana.
His international collaborations include conducting Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil (2011) and the Philharmonia Moments Musicaux from Taiwan (2010).
One of Masote’s passions is contributing to the development of young musicians. To this end, he is dedicated to two orchestras: the Soweto Junior Orchestra and the Gauteng Camerata. He regularly adjudicates at the top youth music competitions around South Africa.
Ma-Setlogelo Masote was born and raised in Johannesburg. She studied Corporate Communications at the former Rand Afrikaans University and Project Management through Torque IT.
Early in her career Masote worked in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, which is where she discovered her passion for development.
In her role as General Manager of the Black IT Forum, an NGO in the ICT sector, she had an opportunity to engage with small business and youth with interests in the ICT industry. Her role at the Black IT Forum helped her to develop strengths in fundraising and networking.
With her accumulated experience in the corporate and NGO world, in 2011 Ma-Setlogelo joined forces with her husband and musician Kutlwano Masote. Often assuming the role of Project Manager, Ma-Setlogelo has brought extra-musical skills and inputs to Web Maestro, helping to increase its offerings.
Mentorship and development is a principle very close to Masote’s heart and to this end has become an integral component of their business interactions.
Ma-Setlogelo believes that cultivating this new face and energy of classical music will go a long way in sustaining the industry by making the music more accessible to an untapped audience base, rejuvenating the interest and appetite of its traditional supporters while at the same time making it more attractive and exciting to aspiring young musicians.