About Your Teacher
Hi there! My name is Cornelis and I’ll be your violin teacher, should you wish to sign up for private lessons. I play baroque, modern, and electric violin, and I compose and arrange music for different settings – from solos to quartets to full orchestral productions.
I currently head up the Violin Guild in Cape Town where I teach 20-25 private students on a weekly basis. When I’m not teaching, I play the baroque violin for the Cape Consort – an acclaimed ensemble which plays ancient music on period instruments, bringing to life historically informed performances of obscure and wonderfully interesting compositions. I also arrange, compose, and record music in different styles on solo and collaborative projects. On the more casual side of things, I coach a community chamber orchestra (The Strepitoso Sinfonietta) – they play just about everything, from renaissance melodies to video game music covers.
My training as a violinist started at the age of 8 (after having had piano lessons for a few years). During these first years, I played the obligatory rounds at arts festivals as well as gaining some (very) casual gigging experience playing at family gatherings, at church events, even at an art exhibition or two. In my early teens I was accepted into the North West Youth Orchestra, first as principle 2nd violin, and soon after, as concertmaster (during which time we had the good fortune of playing an extremely successful series of concerts throughout the UK, Holland, Germany, and parts of France). Once I became too old for the Youth Orchestra, I was invited to audition for the NWU Conservatory Orchestra and was also appointed concertmaster of this orchestra. During this time I was an active chamber musician, regularly employed to provide entertainment at official government banquets and dinner parties. I also started pursuing training in historical performance practice and playing the baroque violin.
I studied music composition as an apprentice under the watchful eye of Hannes Taljaard, composer-in-residence of the NWU Conservatory. Nowadays, my compositional style branches out from traditional orchestral scores to chamber music, electronic music, experimental music, and dark ambient. Though the nature of the modern music industry tries to ever increasingly force us all to make do with a virtual orchestra to bring music to life, I find myself continually more drawn to creating music which requires real, breathing musicians.