Roxane Steffen started her musical education at the age of 6 with violin at the Music School of Delft, The Netherlands. At the age of 8 she started cello lessons and changed to double bass when she was 16. In that same year she started studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Hans Krul, the Principal Double Bass of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at that time.
In 1997 she finished her studies in Rotterdam and she continued her studies of orchestral and solo double bass playing at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Knut Guettler and Jean Paul Everts. In 1999 she received her Performing Degree with distinction and directly after her graduation she got her first contract for Tutti Double Bass with The Netherlands Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam and filled the position of Sub-Principal with Holland Symfonia from 2002-2006. In 2004 she took a sabbatical to come to Cape Town for one year to fill the position of sub-principal double bass in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. In January 2006 she resigned her job in The Netherlands to return to Cape Town to fill the position of principal double bass with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and has not left Cape Town since.
To play more chamber music and solo repertoire and spend more time teaching and coaching young musicians in Cape Town Roxane resigned from her full time position with the CPO in April 2014. She plays regular solo recitals at the Stellenbosch Conserve, where she is a lecturer, and played the Dittersdorf Double Bass concerto with Musicanti under the baton of Erika Naumann in 2015. She is also a member of the Camerata Stellenbosch and plays chamber concerts all over the Cape. She is a guest of the ECPO to lead and coach their double bass section at times and asked by various South African composers to perform their work. Roxane is planning to record a solo CD with solo works for the Double Bass by South African composers only.
Roxane is also a qualified personal trainer and yoga instructor and is dedicated to educate young musicians about the importance of their fitness level for peak performance as musician.