Cornel Schenk is originally from South Africa and grew up in a musical family. Her parents were also performers and involved in the music business for over 30 years. At the age of 3, her mother started her with piano lessons and taught herself how to play the organ. By 7 years old, Cornel was already performing professionally and was broadcast live on television. She has won many Eisteddfod competitions throughout elementary and high school and performed at many different events. Additionally, she learned the harp and the flute at a young age. Cornel has a strong classical background and has a BA degree in Performance Arts from the “Pretoria Technikon” in South Africa. After she received her degree in South Africa, she moved with her family to the US. She has been living in Atlanta, GA for a long time and calls it her second home.
In addition to playing professionally for 30 years, Cornel has performed at weddings, Christmas events, corporate functions as a solo artist and with duets and trio's. As a keyboard/synthesizer player she has performed with numerous jazz, pop, rock, rock fusion bands in Atlanta, Denver CO and North Georgia as well as at numerous churches. Through the years, her students have brought her so much joy seeing them grow and learn in their own unique musical capabilities. In her spare time, Cornel composes, records her own songs, and collaborates with professional musicians while still making time for her friends, hiking, horseback riding and cuddling with her pet rabbit.