Biography

Described by Neville Cohn as "... a musical Midas, turning everything he touched into musical gold"JANGOO CHAPKHANA is widely regarded as one of Australia's most polished all-round musicians. A soloist, composer, choral specialist and jazz artist; he is a repetiteur at the University of Western Australia, teachers pianoforte at Edith Cowan University and is the Director of Music at Perth's historic Trinity Uniting Church. A performing artist who truly defies categorization, he also works as an actor and a model and played roles in the films "Rays of Sunshine" (Seventh Continent Productions) and "Squatter" (Independent Release) and "Twisted Minds" (Jag Panuu Productions) in 2012. He recently completed filming "The Property Game" - a commissioned work (James Callum Productions) for the 2013 Montreal Comedy Film Festival. 

Having completed studies at the University of Western Australia (performance and composition) and Peter the Great Academy in St Petersburg (conducting), his career has embraced teaching and performing engagements which have taken him to cathedrals and universities around the globe from Rome to New York City. He has frequently been a soloist in cathedrals in the United Kingdom, South Africa, San Francisco, New Zealand, France and Sydney; and his career highlights include solo recitals in Westminster Abbey (London), Washington National Cathedral (USA) and Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (Argentina). He recently returned from the UK having presented organ recitals at Oxford University and Chester Cathedral.

Jangoo Chapkhana toured Japan as official accompanist with the Australian Opera Studio in 2008 for a live broadcast for MK-TV (Tokyo) and was organist for the 2009 International Choral Festival in Leipzig. 

He is in constant demand as an accompanist, vocal coach and adjudicator and has adjudicated at all major music eisteddfods in Western Australia. In 2013, he adjudicated at eisteddfods in Albany, Geraldton and Fremantle.  A member of that rare league of musicians to receive critical acclaim in both classical and jazz streams, his performances with the Jangoo Chapkhana Trio have been described as "having the meticulous precision of a Swiss watch" (Neville Cohn) and are always eagerly anticipated. Many of these performance can be viewed on Youtube. In August 2014, they released their first-ever commercial recording titled "Anatomy of a Trio"; and in 2015, they released "Come Fly With Me - The Sinatra Project" - an album to mark the 100th birthday of the legendary crooner. Both albums are now available from Urban Records, Leederville.

As an orchestral conductor and musical director, he has directed critically-acclaimed performances of Bach'sMagnificat, John Rutter's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem and Handel's Messiah with the University of Western Australia Choral Society, Mozart's Requiem and Symphony No. 41 with the Perth Lyric Chorale and IAJ Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. 

In the music theatre sphere, he has directed the music for Willy Russell's "Blood Brothers", "Oliver!" and the epic work, "Les Miserables". He has also conducted Stephen Sondheim's "Company", "Cats", "The Mikado", "The Sound of Music" & "The Phantom of the Opera". Jangoo Chapkhana is the founder and Artistic Director of the chorale, Lux et Veritas  and the chamber orchestra, Camerata 1685.

Jangoo Chapkhana enjoys the rare distinction of being the first Australian performing artist to be declared a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

He has also gained success as a composer with several of his pieces currently featured on the AMEB syllabus. His recent organ work, Variations on JesuJoy of Man's Desiring (commissioned by the Organ Society of WA) has recently been published by Kookaburra Music along with "Two Absurdist Songs", a work commissioned in 2012.  This piece is featured on his soon-to-be-released new recording of the organ in the Perth Concert Hall for Move Records.

Jangoo Chapkhana's official photographer is Denise Teo.