Roxane Steffen started her musical education at the age of six with violin at the Music School of Delft, The Netherlands. At the age of eight, she started cello lessons and changed to double bass when she was 16. That year, she started studying at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Hans Krul, then principal double bass of The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1999, she completed her studies of orchestral and solo double bass performance at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Knut Guettler and Jean Paul Everts. Directly upon graduation, she accepted her first contract for tutti double bass with The Netherlands Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam. She also held 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 play as sub-principal double bass in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. In January 2006, she resigned her position in The Netherlands to return to Cape Town to take up the position of principal double bass with the Cape Town 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 position with the CPO in April 2014. Three years later she was back in the same position, and is currently also lecturing at the South African College of Music and the Xiquitsi Project in Maputo, Mozambique. She works closely with the South African Youth Orchestra, coaching their bass section and in December 2018 organizing their ‘What It Takes’ course for double bass , together with Zanelle Britz and Mariechen Meyer, with overseas guests Jeff Bradetich, Gudrun Raschen, Nick Scales and Leon Bosch.
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 plays in many chamber concerts all over the Cape and is a guest of the ECPO to lead and coach their double bass section at times and asked by various South African composers like Braam du Toit, Jan Hendrik Harley, Anthony Costandius, Antoni Schonken and Matthijs van Dijk to perform and/or record their work.
In 2018 Roxane and Mariechen Meyer formed Double Bass Affair, a virtuoso double bass duo, which had a successful premiere at the Endler Hall series in September that year.
Next to playing double bass with a passion, Roxane is also a qualified personal trainer and yoga instructor with a special interest in how fitness training can enhance a musician’s playing.
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.