(b. 13 March 1971, Venda).
South African composer of mostly chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Africa and Europe.
Mr. Taljaard began studies in music at age seven in Potchefstroom and began composing soon after. He studied at Noordwes-Universiteit in Potchefstroom, where he earned his BMus cum laude in music theory and composition in 1993, his honours degree cum laude in literature from France in 1993, his honours degree cum laude in music in 1995, and his MMus cum laude on the teaching of composition and music analysis in 1997. He later earned his PhD in composition and musicology there. He studied in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK from 1995–97, attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1996 and studied privately with Wim Henderickx in Antwerp in 1996.
Among his honours are First Prize in the competition Flores Iuventutis (1994–95).
He has taught analysis, aural training, composition, counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration at Noordwes-Universiteit since 1994.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Sarabande, violin, orchestra, 1996
Komas, 'n Koker en drie Spieëls, clarinet, cello, piano, 1992 (also version for clarinet, bassoon, piano, 1999)
Les Sarabandes, cello, piano, 1992 (also version of first movement for violin, cello, piano, 1999–2001)
Impromptu, cello, 1993
Nacht und Träume, clarinet, piano, 1993
Introverz, cello, 1996–97
Paracuartetodecuerda, string quartet, 1997
Metaphor I, any 10 players, 1996–98
Interludes (Ritual), flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, guitar, violin, cello, double bass, 2 pianos, harpsichord, 4 or more percussion, 1998–99, revised 2001
Sloka, bassoon, 1999–2001
Lullaby, bassoon, vibraphone, 2000–01
Nova Cantica Sacra, mixed chorus, 1987–89
Meditation I, 16 mixed voices, 1998
Uittelrympies, children's chorus, flute, violin, cello, piano, 1999
Raaiselrympies en Snelsêers, 6 mixed voices, 1999
Thula Sana, 4 female voices, 2000
Rymelary, 6 mixed voices, 1999–2001
A Song for Simeon, baritone, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, cello, piano, 1993–94
Drei Gebete, baritone, 2 cellos, 1994–95
Wiegieliedjies (Boek I), soprano, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 1998
Wiegieliedjies (Boek II), soprano, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, harp, violin, cello, 2 pianos, 1999–2000
Fünf Zärtliche Bagatellen, 1993
Drie Nokturnes 1998 vir Bart se konsert in Lier, 1998
Two Lullabies, 2000