Gareth Rudolph is one of the most successful pipers from South Africa. Born and bred in Johannesburg, Gareth has competed successfully at the very highest level of both pipe bands and solo piping. He is not only the first South African ever to win the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships, but he is also one of only two South Africans ever to gain a prize in the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for Piobaireachd. Gareth pairs his competitive success with international teaching experience, a first hand knowledge of the world’s top piping institutions, and in 2012 returned to South Africa with the knowledge and experience necessary to continue his piping business on home ground.
Since moving home in 2012, Gareth has emerged himself in the South African piping scene by teaching, judging and competing on a regular basis. He has conducted many pipe band workshops in Gauteng and the Western Cape with both school and senior pipe bands, and is also on the committee of the Scottish Piping Society of the Witwatersrand where Gareth has implemented the introduction of the Amateur Solo Piping contests.
Gareth also maintains his own standard by playing as a guest in overseas bands. In 2015, he was a guest with Balagan Pipe Band of Denmark at the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow, where the band qualified for the final and finished 12th overall.In 2016, Gareth guested with the New Zealand Police Pipe Band at the NZ National Championships, where the band placed 2nd overall.
Gareth competes locally in both the solo and pipe band arena and has won all of the premier SA solo championships including the P/M George Ackroyd Challenge, the Sandy Mallen Memorial and the coveted Lachlan Milloy Millar Memorial, more commonly known as the “100 Guineas”.
In addition to the more ‘serious’ forms of piping, Gareth has been instrumental in organising a more social and informal piping setting using the Brown Brogues and Tweeds Association as a platform for piping recitals and “playing for the love of piping” in Cape Town on a monthly basis.
Gareth continues to offer tuition, pipe band workshops and seminars as well as friendly advice, based on his many years of experience competing at the highest international level.
Significant Local Solo Piping Achievements:
- Overall Winner of the Lachlan Milloy Millar Memorial Trophy or the “100 Guineas” 2015.
- Overall Winner Sandy Mallen Memorial 2015
- Overall Winner George Ackroyd Challenge 2014
- 1st in Senior Piobaireachd at the Bob Worrall Invitational 2014
- Overall winner at the Bob Worrall Invitational 2014
- 1st in the Former Winners MSR at the 100 Guineas 2013
- 1st in the Senior March and Strathspey and Reel at the 100 Guineas 2013
Significant International Solo Piping Achievements:
- 3rd in the Gold Medal (Grade A+ Piobaireachd) at the Argyllshire Gathering (Oban)
- 1st in the Snuff Mull (Grade A+ Piobaireachd) at the Highland Society of London Competition
- 3rd in the Dunvegan Medal (Grade A+ Piobaireachd) at the Skye Highland Games
- 2nd in the Silver Medal (Grade B+ Piobaireachd) at the Northern Meeting (Inverness)
- 1st Open Piobaireachd at Aboyne Highland Games
- 1st in Open Piobaireachd at Lochearnhead Highland Games
- 3rd in A Grade Piobaireachd at Rosneath Highland Games
- 1st in the Strachan Cup (Grade A+ MSR) at the Highland Society of London Competition
- 3rd in A Grade Strathspey and Reel at Inveraray Highland Games
- 1st in B grade March at the Northern Meeting (Inverness)
- 1st in B grade Strathspey and Reel at the Northern Meeting (Inverness)
Significant Pipe Band Achievements:
- Piper with the Grade 1 St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from Dublin, Ireland, from 2004-2012.
- Winner of the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in 2010
- Winner of the Grade 1 RSPBA Champion of Champions award in 2008
- Winner of the Grade 1 European Pipe Band Championships in 2010
- Winner of the Grade 1 British Pipe Band Championships in 2008
- Winner of the Grade 1 Scottish Pipe Band Championships in 2008
- Winner of the Grade 1 All-Ireland Pipe Band Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2010
- Runner-up in an RSPBA Major Championship on 9 occasions
- Runner-up in the RSPBA Champion of Champions league table on 3 occasions
- 37 “top six” winning performances in Grade 1 at an RSPBA major championship