Ralston van der Schyff

Is a

Intro

A sophisticated style of playing producing a perfectly balanced sound that is easy on the ear, yet cinematically powerful in delivery.
Improvisational in nature, each performance is orchestrally crafted, emboldened with rich, sometimes unconventional harmony with subtle nuances of intricate melodies and patterns, transforming each performance into an inspiring musical journey.
How I play depends entirely on what I'm feeling and where my mind is, at that exact moment.

THE STORY

Born into a musical family, it was inevitable Ralston would receive music lessons from his parents, themselves both pianists and singers. At age 7, his dad initiated his first piano lesson; he fondly remembers those "John Thompson" lesson books. At age 10, he went on to pursue formal classical training at the Battswood College of Music in 1986 through till 1994 with music teacher, Cheryl Wesso. During those 8 years he enrolled in the Royal Schools of Music examinations through till Grade 8, obtaining distinctions in his practical examinations.

In 1995, he started jazz studies with jazz pianist and teacher, George Werner at the Jazz Workshop in Cape Town, simultaneously pursuing a business degree. In 2001, he resumed his jazz studies at the Jazz Workshop with legendary jazz pianist and teacher Mertyn Barrow. It was during this same year that his 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 both locally and internationally.

VENUES

Various venues performed at locally and internationally.

Creations

Ralston composes, records and produces his 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

EP

Genre: Classical Jazz

SINGLE

Genre: Cape Jazz

ALBUM

Genre: Christian Gospel

EP

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

EP

Genre: Jazz

SHOW SCHEDULE

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