Bernardt James(Cobus van der Walt)

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” 













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)