Johan de Cock was born in 1975 in Namibia (South West Africa). He studied piano with Catharina Struthers and harpsichord / pipe organ with Boudewijn Scholten at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa from 1994 - 1996. During this time, he held an assistant accompanist's post at the university, and was awarded the Pieter de Villier's prize for piano accompaniment in 1995.
He made his debut at the City Hall in Cape Town in 1996, playing Liszt's Totentanz with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gérhard Korsten, and then went on to perform for many years in South Africa as a pianist, organist, vocal accompanist, composer, arranger and musical director for theatre shows and cabaret. He moved to the UK permanently in October 2000.
Johan soon established himself in London as a songwriter, music producer, remixer, and vocal accompanist. Some of his dance tracks were used for Free Spirit, a series of short action videos broadcast on iTV and C4 in the UK. He has also released tracks on the Afrimusiek (South Africa), DPulse (USA), and Strictly Rhythm (USA) record labels, as well as on his own record label, EIAG Records. In 2005 he was commissioned by St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace to compose a new Christmas work, Stargazing, for soprano, piano, electronics and video. It was premiered on 13 December 2005, and excerpts were broadcast on BBC London Radio.
In the UK, he has performed in Salcombe (Devon); Chichester Cathedral; the Chapel Royal, Brighton Unitarian Church, Brighton Friends' Meeting House, St Mary's, Kemp Town, and the Brighton Fringe Festival, all in Brighton; the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne; Holy Trinity Church in Hastings; and St Anne's Church in Lewes. In London, Johan has performed at St-Sepulchre-without-Newgate, St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconcilliation, St Martin-within-Ludgate, St Bride's in Fleet Street, Steinway Hall, Schott Recital Room, the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, Pizza on the Park, the London Arena, the Richmond Concert Society, Bartok in Camden (where he held a three-year residency), the Battersea Barge, the Soho Actors' Centre, and the Leytonstone Festival.
More recently, he has taken lessons with Graham Fitch in London, and studied music pedagogy with the British organist and composer, Frederick Stocken.
Johan currently lives in Saltdean, Brighton in East Sussex, where he teaches piano and music theory from his home studio. He also composes, makes audio recordings, and organises a variety of musical concerts and events.
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