About

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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 most influential music teacher Marietjie Steyn, Cobus was able to quickly develop his talent and soon began composing his own music. He would later utilise his works for examinations and local talent contests. After high school he studied Music Performance in Pretoria, South Africa.

Cobus was the resident pianist at The Palace of the Lost City (Sun City) from 2003 to 2005 where he performed daily at Villa del Palazzo and The Crystal Court. More recently Cobus played in Johannesburg at venues such as The Residence, Michelangelo’s, Sandton Sun, Gold Reef City, The Hilton, Irene Lodge, and The Maximilien (Da Vinci Hotel, Sandton).

From 2005 to 2016, Cobus worked at Music World East Rand Mall (musical instruments), where he subsequently held the role of operations manager.

While teaching piano students, he keeps working on his own compositions. He has recorded 9 studio albums with 86 original compositions since 2012. In 2023, he released his latest album “Symphonic Impressions”. Cobus’s music is available worldwide on most digital platforms releasing his music under pseudonym “Bernardt James” www.bernardtjames.com .

Cobus focuses on piano pedagogy and music theory at Keyz Music Lessons, which he formally established in August 2017 at Verwoerdpark Alberton. Cobus studied: Educational Psychology, Business Operations Management, Music Performance and Music Theory. Keyz Music has aided over 200 individuals in learning music since 2017.

Updated 20 March 2024

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