Cobus van der Walt
At an early age Jacobus Bernardus van der Walt, aka Bernardt James(pseudonym) 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.
As Cobus matured as a musician he was influenced by many artists including the following: Sting , David Foster, Yann Tiersen and Yanni. Cobus has appeared on the televised talent shows Crescendo (ATKV) and Geraas. A number of his compositions have also aired on local radio stations. 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 also records and arranges his own music and has collaborated with other artists like Martin Lane and Silver Morgan.
He continues to work on his original music while performing as a solo pianist. Since 2012 he recorded 6 albums: The last 5 mostly original compositions. His latest album "Pensato" was released in April 2019. His music is available worldwide on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital platforms.
In January 2016 Cobus opened Keyz Music Lessons (Pty.) Ltd. He studied education psychology and graduated in October 2019. Cobus holds diplomas in Music, Business Operations Management and Educational Psychology.
Cobus also introduced his own practical syllabus at Keyz Music and produce his own books in accordance with international grading standards for his students.