Erik Dippenaar studied music at the University of Stellenbosch and at the Royal College of Music in London, where he received his concert diploma in harpsichord and piano in 2008.
He performed as a solo organist with several of South Africa’s leading orchestras, and was first prizewinner of the UNISA National Organ Competition and the ABSA National Youth Music Competition. As a harpsichordist he took part in numerous early music festivals and performed frequently as a soloist, including with the RCM Baroque Orchestra, the British Harpsichord Society and for BBC Radio 3.
In 2006 and 2009 he won the RCM Music Competition, and together with the EnsembleAmaranthos he was a finalist in the York Early Music Competition in 2007. He is a permanent member of the ensemble Musici Infantagabili, which won the Broadwood Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition in Hampstead in 2008. As a continuo player he has performed with Sir Charles Mackerras, Adrian Butterfield and Michael Rosewell.