Rashaan Allwood is a musician of great versatility. As a pianist, organist and harpsichordist, he has played in a variety of settings, including performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the University of Toronto’s Collegium Musicum. Rashaan was the first prize winner of the Concours d'orgue de Québec in 2017 and of the Canadian National OSM Manulife competition in 2016 for the organ category. He also won second prize in the Wadden Sea International Organ Competition and the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition in 2017.
Rashaan uses cohesive programming, lecture recitals, and multimedia performances to engage audiences. This has led to performances at venues such the Canadian Opera Company Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, UK and a recording with the Canadian Broadcast Company at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio in 2018.
The 2017-2018 season featured several creative research projects for Rashaan such as the development of German romantic music, through Brahms, Wagner and Schoenberg and their connections to contemporary philosophical movements, specifically the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. The upcoming season will feature deeper explorations into the German and English orchestral repertoire, as well as American and English organ music.
Rashaan believes that studying both piano and organ helps to produce insights into interpreting technical and musical aspects of repertoire, culminating in his new pursuits of composition and conducting. Many of the great keyboard virtuosos were masters of both instruments, such as Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Franck, and Messiaen. Together, piano and organ, have been featured in many of Rashaan’s recitals, including an all-Franck recital featuring works for organ and piano, and several all-Messiaen recitals featuring the composer’s works for organ, piano and voice.
Rashaan is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied piano performance with Professor James Parker and organ with Professor Kevin Komisaruk. In 2017 he graduated from the Master of Music in Organ and Church Music at McGill University where he studied with Professor Hans-Ola Ericsson. He is now one of the Artists at Rice University, where he is studying organ with Professor Ken Cowan, piano with Professor Brian Conelly and conducting with Associate Conductor Jerry Hou.