Bernardt James(Cobus van der Walt)

At an early age Cobus van der Walt demonstrated exceptional musical ability and chose the piano as his creative medium. With the guidance of his most influential music teacher Marietjie Steyn, he 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 a 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). 

Cobus is a fulltime piano teacher, recording artist and performer. 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”


About his music:

Bernardt James's music is characterized by its emotive depth, technical precision, and artistic sophistication. As a pianist, composer, and performer, he demonstrates a remarkable ability to evoke a wide range of emotions and experiences through his music. In his compositions, James often combines classical elements with contemporary influences, creating a unique and compelling sound that resonates with listeners. His melodies are weaved with intricate harmonies and rich textures to create immersive musical landscapes.

One of James's strengths as a composer lies in his ability to convey deep emotions through his music. Whether through sweeping orchestral arrangements or intimate piano solos, he has a knack for capturing the complexities of the human experience. As a performer, James's interpretations are marked by their sensitivity and nuance.

James's music often reflects his own personal experiences and influences. For example, his album "Awakened," inspired by his travels to Denmark, features compositions that capture the essence of the country's culture and landscapes. Tracks like "Roskilde" and "Copenhagen" serve as musical portraits of these cities, inviting listeners to embark on a sonic journey of exploration and discovery.

His music has garnered over 14,369,454 streams recorded since October 22, 2014, reflecting his wide-reaching appeal and the profound impact of his work on a global audience.















2012 - Never saw blue like that (available on CD only)




2013 - A song to remember (available on digital stores worldwide and CD)

2014 - Music all around (available on digital stores worldwide and CD)




2015 - Risurrezione (available on digital stores worldwide and CD)

2017 - Unresolved (available on digital stores worldwide)











2019 -  Pensato(available on digital stores worldwide)











2020 -  Impromptu Impressions(available on digital stores worldwide)











2021 -  Awakened (available on digital stores worldwide)











2022 -  Synchroneity (available on digital stores worldwide)











2023 -  Symphonic Impressions(available on digital stores worldwide)