"I was impressed by the strength and richness he played with, he is a great artist who knows how to play with the colors of sound with great mastery." (Amalia Ramirez, Guitarras Jose Ramirez, 2013)
"highly developed hermeneutic skills...his ability to conceptualise ('build theory') is impressive...brings together an (almost) overabundance of literature in order to sketch an interdisciplinary backdrop against which his ideas are to unfold. He is able to construct an entirely novel metaphysical point of departure...His research has the potential to illuminate the conception, realization and 'consumption' of music in entirely unusual ways...this exceptionally gifted candidate deserves all encouragement and support possible...an important and most innovative study." (Prof. Martina Viljoen, Odeion School of Music, 2017)
"an exceedingly gifted, sensitive and intelligent musician, artist and ... an extremely talented and promising scholar who has been conducting valuable research in all the disciplines of his specialisations. This very talented young man has undoubtedly a promising future in his field and deserves as much support as possible from wherever he can receive it." (G. F. Messner, PhD and Lecturer in Musicology [University of Vienna], 2011)
"a conscious artist, with a total understanding of the ten-string guitar as envisioned by Narciso Yepes." (Fritz Buss, alumnus and teaching assistant of Narciso Yepes, 2007)
"a water colour-like transparent palette...His dedication to the 10-string guitar runs parallel to the great Narciso Yepes." (Charl Lamprecht, guitar lecturer, University of Pretoria, 2013)
"He has a great technique and full command of the ten-string guitar. Still, he does not fall into the trap of using music to serve technique, but uses technique to serve music." (Fritz Buss, 2012)
"I am convinced that Mr Van Niekerk will...make a strong contribution not only to the academic community but also to broader society". (Prof. Mike Marais, literary theorist, 2005)
"Viktor van Niekerk demonstrated an orchestral array of sounds on the formidable 10 string guitar; playing many of his own transcriptions for the instrument" (What's On in Cape Town, 5 May 2013).
"When his fingers glide across the ten strings, it is with the same finesse and flair as an Olympic athlete in action." (Rapport, [South African Sunday paper] 5 Sep. 2008, p. 3.)
"[Viktor van Niekerk's] recital in Pretoria was amazing! It was a divine experience and it felt as if [he] transported my spirit to heaven [...]!" (Tronel Hellberg, guitarist, 2008)
Viktor van Niekerk was born in 1981 and educated in South Africa and Australia.
He performed virtuoso repertoire on the 6-string guitar and baroque mandolin by the age of 12. He adopted the 10-string guitar at the age of fourteen, having heard the instrument as played by the great Narciso Yepes and his South African students David Hewitt and Simon Wynberg. Subsequently, he began to study the instrument with Fritz Buss, Yepes's longtime alumnus and teaching assistant.
He studied additional aspects of musical interpretation with, among others, composer/musicologist G. F. Messner, pianists Malcolm Nay and Pauline Nossel, and conductor Bruno-Maria Brys.
Composers who have written new works for or dedicated works to him include Bob Dickinson (UK), David Hoenigsberg (Switzerland), Gerald Florian Messner (Australia), and Fritz Buss (South Africa).
He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards for academic excellence.