Ralston van der Schyff

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Intro

My name is Ralston van der Schyff. I am a South African pianist, composer and songwriter. For me, a musical performance needs to be emboldened with a rich sound, sometimes with unconventional harmony and subtle nuances of melodies and patterns. There needs to be a message; a message in the form of an inspiring musical journey. What I play depends entirely on what I'm feeling at that exact moment.

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THE STORY

I first took piano lessons from my father at age around 7. I fondly remember those "John Thompson" lesson books. At age 10, I went on to pursue formal classical training at the Battswood College of Music in 1986 through till 1994 with music teacher, Cheryl Wesso; I am so grateful and blessed to have had her teach me. During those 8 years I also enrolled in the Royal Schools of Music examinations through till grade 8, obtaining distinctions in my practical examinations.


In 1995, I started jazz studies with George Werner at the Jazz Workshop, after which I then pursued a business degree. In 2001, I resumed my jazz studies at the Jazz Workshop with legendary jazz pianist and teacher Mertyn Barrow. It was during this same year that my musical career began to take shape.

THEATRE

Theatrical productions for Cabaret, Jazz Cabaret, Classical and Rock.

SHOWCASES

Showcases, festivals and special events performed locally and internationally.

CONCERTS

Concerts for solo piano performances internationally.

ENSEMBLES

Various ensembles that I've been a part of locally and internationally.

VENUES

Various venues performed at locally and internationally.

Creations

I compose, record and produce my own music in various genres including jazz, classical, pop, contemporary, gospel and of course, South African music.

  • All
  • Jazz Works
  • World Works
  • Classical Works
  • Gospel Works
  • Christmas Works

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: Classical

ALBUM

Genre: Christian Gospel

ALBUM

Genre: Classical Jazz

ALBUM

Genre: Christian Gospel

ALBUM

Genre: Classical Jazz

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Genre: Classical Jazz

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Genre: Cape Jazz

ALBUM

Genre: Christian Gospel

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Genre: Classical

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Genre: World

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Genre: Latin Jazz

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Genre: Christmas

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Genre: Christmas

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Genre: Jazz

SHOW SCHEDULE

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