I was born and raised in Cape Town, where I attended Rondebosch Boys’ Prep and High Schools. I started playing recorder and progressed to the piano at the age of 8. My music training was rooted in the classical tradition until early High School when I joined the Jazz Band playing Tenor Saxophone. I became heavily involved with the music department at school and joined Beau Soleil Music School, performing with their ensembles on piano and Saxophone. When I finished school I decided to pursue music as a career and enrolled at the South African College of Music, studying Jazz Compostion and Arrangement. I started working with some excellent musicians, student and faculty, with whom I performed around Cape Town. After graduating with a bachelor of music degree in 2004, I spent two years playing gigs, working with Darryl Andrews’ Band, Gravity, The Johnny Cooper Orchestra, Jet Black and the Multicolours, Salsa Candela etc.

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In 2007 I applied to The Berklee College of Music in Boston to further my studies. I was awarded a scholarship and began their Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) program in September 2007. Berklee opened my eyes to the world of music technology, and I quickly became familiar with sequencing programs, mixing, recording techniques etc. I was able to gain valuable experience in all aspects of music production, from writing, arranging and sequencing, to producing and mixing. The CWP major required an incredible variety of skills, from writing radio jingles to arranging orchestral pieces to mixing pop songs. I have since returned to South Africa and am looking to use my skills to write music for Television, Radio and Film, as well as continue performing with good musicians.