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Hannes Taljaard was born in 1971 in Venda, the northernmost part of South Africa and very soon developed a keen interest in music which was stimulated by a rich and creative musical environment at home. Formal music education was started in Potchefstroom when he first attempted the notation of his compositions after his third recorder lesson at the age of seven.
Throughout his school years he excelled in musical and academic spheres. Music was studied extramurally and included studies of the piano, recorder and organ as well as harmony and counterpoint at a very advanced level: he passed the Unisa Grade 8 (Final) examination in 1988.
His BMus degree in Music Theory and Composition was completed in 1993 together with an Honours degree in French Literature. Both degrees were awarded cum laude. The Honours degree in Music was awarded cum laude in 1995 and the Master’s degree in music (on the teaching of composition and music analysis) was awarded cum laude in 1997. He completed a doctoral degree in Composition in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph. He has taught music rudiments, music theory (harmony, counterpoint and analysis), aural training, composition and orchestration at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) since 1994, as well as privately, and supervised several students during their Masters and Doctoral studies in composition, music analysis and music education. He was the editor of the South African Music Teacher magazine for several years.
His compositions have been awarded South African prizes, as well as a first prize in the international contest “Flores Iuventutis” in 1994/5. His compositions are performed in South Africa, since 1998 in Europe, and since 2005 in the Americas. As a composer he cooperates with South African and international performers and composers.
He undertook various study tours to Europe and visited a number of colleges and conservatoires in England, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and Bulgaria. He presented guest lectures in Composition at the Music Academy in Oslo in 2006, and in 2007 at the Université de Montreal, at Heidelberg College in Tiffin (Ohio), Meredith College in Raleigh (North Carolina), and at the Florida State University in Panama. In 2011 he presented guest lectures in composition at the CMMAS in Morelia, Mexico, and in 2013-2017 he visited Stockholm as guest lecturer in various subjects with a focus on multicultural education. He also taught as guest lecturer in South Africa: at Wits, the University of Stellenbosch, the SACM in Cape Town, and UKZN in Durban.
Currently his interests centre on Composition and includes Music Theory, Music Education and Musicology. He is especially interested in embodiment.
He read papers at several national musicological congresses, and four papers at international conferences: at the International Musicological Congress in Leuven (2002), at “The Performers Voice” (Singapore, 2009), at the IMS/SASRIM conference in 2010 in Stellenbosch, and in 2012 in Oslo at the Nordic Conference on Aural Disciplines in Higher Education. Several articles of his on music education and on music analysis are published. He presented a workshop on music analysis and movement at the second international conference of Dalcroze studies in Vienna in July 2015.