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, which is why all of my performances are different even if it's the same song.

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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 and take off.

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 musical infusions.

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ALBUM

Genre: Classical Jazz
Released: 2021
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Jazz Standards - Classical Interpretations Vol.2

Solo Piano Performance, based on a selection of Jazz Standards. Recorded live(stream) and unedited.

EP

Genre: Classical Jazz
Released: 2021
Listening Time: x:yy Hours

Jazz Standards - Classical Interpretations Vol.1

Solo Piano Performance, based on a selection of Jazz Standards. Recorded live(stream) and unedited.

SINGLE

Genre: Cape Jazz
Released: 2021
Listening Time: x:yy Hours

Cape Jazz Standards - Vol.1

Solo Piano Performance, based on a selection of Cape Jazz Standards. Recorded improvised and unedited.

ALBUM

Genre: Christian Gospel
Released: 2021
Listening Time: x:yy Hours

Gospel Greats

Easter Sunday Special - Solo Piano Performance, based on a selection of Gospel Greats. Recorded live & unedited.

EP

Genre: Classical
Released: 2021
Listening Time: x:yy Minutes

Improvised Compositions - Volume 1

Unperturbed by the chatter around me, I hit the record button, closed my eyes and just played whatever was on my mind, mostly subconsciously; influenced by deep-seated emotions.

SINGLE

Genre: World
Released: 2021
Listening Time: 1:39 Minutes

A Prayer For Peace And Prosperity

The world is in turmoil. This is a simple, brief prayer for peace among all nations and prosperity for all, no matter their upbringing, idealogy, faith, opinions and aspirations.

SINGLE

Genre: Latin Jazz
Released: 2021
Listening Time: 5:08 Minutes

Jonny's Braai Stomp

This song is about having a braai (BBQ for non-South Africans) at my cousin Jonny's place. It is always a non-alcoholic fun time with family, close friends and lekka snoek, chicken, lamb chops and boerewors, which includes entrees nogal, of potato chips, sweets and savoury tarts. Dessert is ice-cream, milk tart, chocolate cake and more sweets, and it isn't even Sunday yet.

SINGLE

Genre: Christmas
Released: 2015
Listening Time: 2:30 Minutes

Rudolph Is Uit Asem

A comical Christmas piece depicting Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, being slave-driven by Santa Claus. It's a Cape Town flavored carol with lyrics and comical quips both in English and Afrikaans, sung by a choir.

SINGLE

Genre: Christmas
Released: 2012
Listening Time: 3 Minutes

A Cape Christmas Carol

A fusion of goema, country and comedy. The choir harmony is a typical sound characteristic of the minstrels of Cape Town.

EP

Genre: Jazz
Released: 2012
Listening Time: 15 Minutes

Red Lanterns

A short story of life and lifestyle in China. My second home, Shanghai boasts so much history, mystery and feelings of enchantment.

LIVE-STREAM

Join and follow me on live-streaming platform Twitch for my interactive online performances.