Ruphin Coudyzer's hobby is
playing the cello.
A lifelong interest in music compelled him to take up the cello in 1984
at the age of 36.
Together with the pianist John Oakley-Smith he played in the theatre
production ''Torch Song Trilogy'' at The Market Theatre in that same
year, even though his score was somewhat simplified.
In 1990 he joined ''The Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra'', an amateur
ensemble under the leadership of Pienaar Fourie.
In the beginning of 1994 he became the principal cellist of this
orchestra and stayed there until 2002.
He was also a member of a string quartet.
From 2002 until 2004 he took advanced classes with Peta-Ann Holcroft,
principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
In December of 2002 he gave his first solo recital (cello and piano).
In November 2007 he was the 'lone cellist' in a staged reading of Arthur
Miller's play "Broken Glass" at The Actors Centre in Johannesburg
directed by Dorothy Ann Gould.
This was his last public performance.
Ruphin plays cello on one track of Jennifer Ferguson's second album
''Untimely'' of 1990, for which, incidentally, he also took the front