.Sterling EQ



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 four successful releases, three major awards, over 700 live performances since 2007, and thousands of followers worldwide.

The multi award-winning instrumental pop group is made up of electric flautist Carina Bruwer, electric violinist Luca Hart and electric cellist Ariella Caira – three Classically trained virtuosos with dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, who share a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.

The all-woman supergroup has performed in 11 countries across 4 continents and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers.  They have plated at SA’s most coveted events, shared stages with global music icons, and enjoying extensive media coverage across all mainstream media.  

Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011 (becoming only the 2nd all-girl band in a decade to do so), signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing across 9 countries at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch and numerous private and corporate parties, events and showcases; as well as collaborating with the likes of Boney M, Dave van Vuuren and Loyiso Bala, and sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira.

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.


Sterling EQ’s latest album, PULSE, was released in August 2012 under the EMI label, and won a Ghoema Music Award as well as a Huisgenoot Tempo Award.  The band had previously released 2 studio albums as an Indie – Sterling Speel Afrikaans in 2010 and Nova in 2009 – as well as a live DVD, Sterling EQ Live in Concert (2010).  All three these releases were nominated for SAMA’s (and Sterling Speel Afrikaans for a Tempo Award), with the Live DVD clinching the coveted award in 2011.

Awards & Distinctions

Sterling EQ boasts wins in all three major music awards competitions namely the SAMAs (South African Music Awards), Huisgenoot Tempo Awards and the Ghoema Music Awards.
  • Sterling EQ Live in Concert (Live DVD) - Winner of SA Music Award 2011
  • PULSE (Audio CD) - Winner Ghoema Award 2013
  • PULSE (Audio CD)  - Winner of a Huisgenoot Tempo Award 2013
  • NOVA (Audio CD) - Nominated for SA Music Award 2009
  • CARNAVAL (Music video) - Nominated for Ghoema Award 2013
  • Sterling Speel Afrikaans (Audio CD)  - Nominated for SA Music Award 2010
  • Sterling Speel Afrikaans (Audio CD)  - Nominated for a Huisgenoot Tempo Award 2012
  • Youtube channel: Under Top 40 Most Subscribed (All Time) South African Musicians Channels

International Noteworthy Performances

  • World Travel Awards (Europe), Turkey, 2013
  • World Travel Awards (Middle East), Dubai, 2009 & 2012
  • World Travel Awards Grand Finale, India, 2012
  • Dunhill party, Dubai, 2009
  • Royal party, Seychelles, 2009 & 2013
  • Numerous events in neighbouring countries such as Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland

Noteworthy Performances

Sterling tours extensively, performing over 120 shows per year, which include concerts, festivals, media events, corporate events and showcases, fundraisers, etc.  The quartet has performed in 8 different countries, to live audiences of up to 50,000, during live worldwide television broadcasts and to top international celebs, and the have shared stages with top names in global music.  Some local highlights include:
  • Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival
  • SAMA Awards Show  
  • SA Pop Idols  
  • Starlight Pops
  • Indian Premiere League (IPL) 
  • ICC Awards  
  • Cape Town stadium launch  
  • FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony & Official FIFA World Cup Banquet  
  • J&B Met  
  • Nederburg Wine Auction
  • Gary Player Invitational
  • World Travel Awards  
  • World AIDS Day Spectacular   
  • Numerous local arts festivals including KKNK, Cultivaria, Whale Festival, Champagne Festival, Wacky Wine, etc
  • Shoprite / Checkers Woman of the Year Awards
  • And 100s more!  
Elizabeth Hurley, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Lance Armstrong, Dr Robert Rey 90210, Wilbur Smith

Boney M, Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha, Phil Perry, Johnny Clegg, Loyiso Bala, Lira, Soweto Gospel Choir & more

Client Feedback

Thank you to Sterling EQ for such an awesome performance at our client’s award evening.  The ladies were gorgeous, they played with passion and enthusiasm and their energy just resonated around the room.  It was the perfect choice of entertainment for the guests that attended.  Thank you Carina, it was absolute pleasure having you all there.
Sulveigh Ford, Wow Events (Console Long Service Awards event at Mariott Hotel, 30 August 2018)

Sterling EQ were such a good choice.  The audience truly enjoyed them, both young and older.

Pat Parker, Pat Parker & Associates

Everything went off exceptionally well! The guests loved the band!!!
Leyya Kathard, Visa South Africa

Sterling EQ were stunning and well received!
Katja Schmidt, Potters Hand

They were a great hit amongst the crowd and definitely added to the success of the ASUS launch event from our side.  It was a pleasure dealing with them too, very professional, accommodating and gorgeous.  Many thanks for all your help and input.
Billy Bosch, Mustek

They are stunning and utterly professional.  I would use them again any day!
Christelle Reade-Jahn, SA Brandy Foundation

It was a good event and the group LOVED Sterling.  They were perfect for the type of evening!  Thanks so much.
Caron Rennie, Conference Co-Ordinators

Last night was incredible!  The Trio added the most phenomenal touch to the evening’s proceedings.  I cannot wait to book you ladies again!  After all is said and done, THANK YOU so very much for being part of last night’s event and sharing your superb talents with us!
Dean Krawitz, Event Evolution

The clients and their guests absolutely LOVED Sterling!!!!  They really gave an amazing performance despite of the cold weathe...Thank you again for your great service, it’s always great working with you!  Hope to be working with you again soon!
Wilma Fourie, BEATO events

It was an unbelievable success - hugely as a result of Sterling EQ's presence.  The professionalism and attitude of the entire Sterling EQ team from performers to sound technicians was exemplary and Clive & I are really so appreciative of that.  In particular, their help and guidance to Josh was wonderful - it was such a special moment for Josh and for Clive when Josh played with Sterling EQ - an everlasting memory.
Caroline Elliott

Please allow me to express my absolute appreciation for an incredible evening with Sterling EQ. It was a blast, and everyone one of our guests spoke highly of the professionalism and excellence in which they did it.
Adriaan Adams, Focus Team Leadership Training Organisation

The girls were nothing short of sensational.  The absolute perfect start to our party.  Really set the scene so well and they looked so amazing in their white dresses and the incredible backdrop of the sea and mountain behind them.  Heinrich did an amazing job setting up - very dedicated after getting there at 10 to set up.  The sound worked really well and the sea didn’t drown out the sublime music at all.   So thank you again as this was without a doubt the best possible act for our party in that setting.  Truly even better than I thought they were going to be! I’m not sure I can wait for my 50th to have them perform again!
Paul Floquet

...Sterling EQ have  totally blown away all the people at the launch last night. They are amazing musicians, performers of the highest degree and definitely world class. I particularly enjoyed their humility and professionalism.  Thank you so much for your support in planning and making sure all went well!
Cecile Brody, Montecasino

They were real stars and everything went very well!  Thank you so so much and please give them our thanks!
Tania Venter, Jayvac Interiors

They were amazing - I love what they do!  I'll find another event to book them for!
Kim Werner, Wedding Concepts

Sterling EQ was fantastic last night and really made the Welcome Reception! Thank you for all the arrangements, I know the organising committee were very happy.
Ingrid Hansen, Turners Conferences & Conventions

I’d like to officially thank you for your input to G4S’ very successful Gala Dinner on Tuesday evening.  You were delightful to deal with throughout the process – exceptionally efficient, communicative and easy to arrange things with.  Sterling EQ was an absolute wow and apparently the delegates had a hard time tearing their eyes away from the gorgeous long legs on display!  Overall I hear that Mr Andy Baker was exceptionally happy with the event so I can’t thank you and your four gorgeous girls enough for your sterling efforts!
Paula Kernan, Conference Organiser

A very big “Thank you” to Sterling EQ for ensuring our guests were well entertained on the evening of our Gala Event. They had some of our guests mesmerised I believe – some of them even moved right to the front to catch a closer glimpse of their performance.  We usually have a hard task trying to find an exceptional act to entertain a tired group of delegates into their third day of conferencing + activities.  We know it has been a hit when the guests stay to watch the whole show and more than that, come back with brilliant feedback.   A great success and a most professional event!
Bridget Callaghan, Travelbuzz

All went well and the group were well received!  They are very talented and such lovely people also, so will definitely be recommending them to anyone who is looking to book entertainment for an event.
Sabine Dhevaraj, LexisNexis

Baie dankie! Dit was ‘n uitstekende aand en die gaste het vir Sterling EQ baie geniet. Hul het gereeld ‘n applous gekry.
Maude Hugo, Sanlam

Thank you both for your efforts, patience and support in making last night a success. The girls were excellent, and I know my client has already asked for your contact details to talk about future events. Please pass on our sincere thanks as well to the girls who were superb!
Olwen Manuel, HWB Communications

Just a quick note to say thank you to the ladies for their wonderful performance on Thursday night.  It was an awesome event and we have had tons of positive about the entertainment.  Please convey this to the girls and thank them so much from us.
Sandie, Event Marche

The girls were SUPERB, living up to their reputation of dramatic and musical excellence, and of course of being so much more than easy on the eye for our gentlemen guests! Please send regards and a huge thank you!
Vita Tredoux, Herdbuoys

...I’m not even sure where to start, nothing could prepare me for what I watched last night.  The performance was absolutely brilliant.  The selection of music was great, and watching the audience around us reacting to their own personal favourite was fabulous.  Sterling EQ performed with so much energy and vigour that was contagious.  Your costumes were unbelievably beautiful and suited each individual perfectly.
Simmy Raubenheimer, Kirstenbosch Silvertree Restaurant

I must say - you ladies rock!! You have changed my entire perspective on instrumentals! Keep it up - Beauty, talent and fantastic entertainment - what more can we ask for!”
Riaan Smith

All 4 of you were superb – best musos so far at Bedford Centre – your training and professionalism really came through; your personalities and attitudes sublime – what more can I say – brilliant package – I have your DVD – world class ladies! – a true inspiration to society - as a individuals and as a group you set very high standards - all the guys will love you! Your cv’s are outstanding. Cheers and happy touring!
Gareth Mc Farlane

Thank you very much for all your hard work in Durban, which made our first World Travel Awards Africa Ceremony such a huge success! For the first time in our history we celebrated the excellence of the tourism industry in Africa. Almost 400 travel professionals, VIPs and media from across the region attended our glamorous event. From everyone at World Travel Awards, we just wanted to say a massive thank you to Sterling EQ. You really were the talk of the night and we were incredibly impressed with your talent. It was a pleasure to work with you and we would not hesitate to use you again.
Scott Holland, Event Manager, World Travel Awards

It was an amazing experience! One that I believe that, in my lifetime, an experience like Saturday evening, will not happen again. You not only have exceptional talent, but you are also very charming and presentable! Your kind words towards me and Ina will remain with us in the days ahead. We wish you as a group everything you deserve, and that is to reach the pinnacle of the art that you so freely give to everyone.  Love and regards,  Ina and Louis Taljaard
Louis Taljaard, DCD Dorbyl

They were star performers again and the Zimbo's loved them - hopefully we will see them all again next year!
Dave Curtis, The Stable Winery

Thank you so much for all your assistance in booking Sterling EQ and Joel the saxophonist for the Harvey World Travel Business Symposium at The Lord Charles Hotel on Saturday evening.Sterling EQ were as amazing as expected and we truly appreciated their professionalism and flexibility in working around the rather challenging itinerary on the evening. We understand that it was quite a tall order but they handled it with absolute ease and were instrumental (excuse the pun) in contributing to an extremely successful evening. Thank you to Carina and the rest of the group for being true professionals – they are an absolute pleasure to work with.
Carrie Rose, Event Organisation

Performance Options

* Sterling EQ with backtracks
* Sterling EQ & Friends (Sterling with 4-piece live band)
* SEQ Duo (2-piece) with backtracks
* Soloist (elec violin / flute / cello) with backtracks

Media Quotes

  • “Simply delightful”...  The Guardian (UK) 
  • “Iconic music”... All Access
  • “All-girl sensation, popularized classical music into a world wind experience”... Expresso
  • “So good they’ll have your pulse racing”...  Cape Argus
  • “… a new, unique place in the world of contemporary instrumental music”... Classic Feel
  • “Sets new standards for the instrumental genre”... The Times
  • “Bringing sexy back to the male-dominated music industry”... New Age
  • “a sparkle of rhythmic ingenuity and musical variety”... Cape Times
  • “A high energy feast!”... Herald

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Budget Range for .Sterling EQ is

R8000 - R29000 excl VAT


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