Composer, conductor, and performer, 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 Maestro Ken Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Houston Civic Symphony in Texas and the University of Toronto’s Collegium Musicum. As a soloist he has toured across Europe, and performed at venues such as St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, St. Nikolai Kierke in Leipzig, Germany and St. Pierres Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland. Rashaan was listed as one of CBC's 30 under 30 classical musicians and was invited to record excerpts of the Catalogue d'Oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen in 2018 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for CBC Radio Broadcast. 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. In 2019, he will be competing in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in the United States.
Allwood plays as associate organist with Professor Ken Cowan and Dr. Brady Knapp at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Toronto where he studied piano performance with Dr. James Parker and organ with Dr. 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 in the Young Artist Diploma program at Rice University, where he is studying organ with Professor Ken Cowan, piano with Professor Brian Conelly and conducting with Associate Conductor Jerry Hou.