Stacks Image 23

The West Australian’s music critic Neville Cohn has described Jangoo Chapkhana as “… a musical Midas, turning everything he touched into musical gold.” Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most polished all-round performers, he has played to critical acclaim as a recitalist on harpsichord, organ and piano and is a highly sought-after composer and jazz artist. His compositional output includes Animations for organ, Lullaby for a Sleepy Koala (currently on the AMEB Flute Syllabus) and the acclaimed Variations on Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, newly published by Kookaburra Music and featured on his new recording of the Perth Concert Hall organ for Move Records. As a performer, Mr Chapkhana’s engagements have taken him to cathedrals and universities in Australia, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scotland, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and France. In June 2006, he returned from his first tour of the United Kingdom which saw him make his London début at historic Westminster Abbey. Mr Chapkhana has recently completed an all-Britten recording with tenor Donald Cullen for the ABC and his concert engagements in 2008 took him to universities and cathedrals in Rome, New York, South Africa, and Buenos Aires and he has recently returned from a tour of Japan with the Australian Opera Studio for a live broadcast for MK-TV, Tokyo. Mr Chapkhana is the Director of Music at Trinity Uniting Church, teaches piano at Edith Cowan University and lectures in music history, tonal harmony and jazz at the University of Western Australia. He is currently the only Australian to be declared a Fellow of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.