Cobus van der Walt
At an early age Cobus demonstrated exceptional musical ability and chose the piano as his creative medium. With the guidance of his music teacher Marietjie Steyn, Cobus was able to quickly develop his talent and soon began writing his own music. He would go on to use his compositions in local talent competitions as well as for ALSMA(Academy for Light Music of South Africa) examinations. He then studied music at TOM Arts College in Pretoria, South Africa.
Between 2003 and 2005 Cobus performed at The Palace of the Lost City (Sun City) as the resident pianist. While there he performed daily at The Crystal Court and Villa del Palazzo.
More recently Cobus has performed predominantly in Johannesburg at venues including: The Residence, Sandton Convention Centre, The Grace Hotel, Michelangelo's, Gold Reef City, Sandton Sun, The Hilton, Irene Lodge and The Maximilien (Da Vinci Hotel, Sandton).
He continues to work on his original music while performing as a solo pianist. Since 2012 he recorded 7 albums: The last 6 mostly original compositions. His latest album "Impromptu Impressions" was released in 2020. His music is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital platforms. Cobus records and releases his music under pseudonym “Bernardt James”
In January 2016 Cobus opened Keyz Music Lessons in Verwoerdpark Alberton. He studied education psychology and graduated in October 2019. Cobus holds a diploma in Music, Business Operations Management and Educational Psychology.
Cobus also introduced his own practical syllabus at Keyz Music Lessons and produces his own books in accordance with international grading standards for his students. He also enters and prepares his students for external exams.