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The Cape Town Concert Series presents South African organist Roshan Chakane, regarded as one of the most exciting artists of his generation, now based in the USA,  His programme celebrates the evolution of organ music from church origins of Bach through to the film music of Hans Zimmer and the world of new emerging classical compositions.

The concert takes place at 11am in the Baxter Concert Hall on the magnificent Von Beckerath organ which is ideally suited to the wide range of tone colours of music from Baroque through to the present day. It is also situated in the perfect position in the hall for the audience to see more of what goes on behind the keys, stops and pedals than at many other venues where the organ is hidden away.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Roshan Chakane is a South African organist and musical director, currently a Presidential Scholarship Organ Performance Doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame under the tutelage of Professor Kola Owolabi. Roshan was born in Kimberley, South Africa. He commenced his career as a middle school student at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, studying under Dr Marinda Snyman, and later completing his Bachelor of Music degree specialising in Organ Performance at Stellenbosch University under the tutelage of Dr Mario Nell.
Roshan has excelled as a performer throughout his career and has won the top organ prizes and scholarships in South Africa. Career accolades include achieving distinction in his Grade 8 Organ and Piano examinations with the University of South
Africa (UNISA), First Prize Winner of the ATKV Albert Engel Prize, and recipient of scholarships from the South African Church Organisation (SAKOV) and South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Academic Scholarships.

Roshan relocated to the US in 2016, graduating with a Masters degree in Organ Performance from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, under the tutelage of Professor Renée Anne Louprette. During this time Roshan also received a number of accolades, including 1st Prize at The Brooklyn AGO competition in 2016, and was also awarded a Biggs Fellowship for the annual Organ Historical Society Conference held in Rochester New York in July 2018.

Roshan is also an experienced musical director, including being the Musical Director at Northlink College in Bellville, Cape Town, and Director of Music at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Rondebosch, Cape Town. During his residency at Northlink College, Roshan directed the musicals Hair (2013), Evita (2014) and Sarafina 2015).

The Cape Town Concert Series gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Rupert Musiekstigting.