Rekesh Chauhan is a British Indian pianist and composer. Having studied western classical music on both the guitar and piano from an early age he went on to train in Indian classical music. Rekesh is the winner of numerous awards including the NIAA Young Musician of the Year 2018 awarded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. In 2019 he was awarded Alumnus of the Year by the University of Leicester and he is also the recipient of the Eastern Electronica Prize. Rekesh is a featured TEDx speaker. In 2020 the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, commended Rekesh personally for his award-winning arts production supporting the British Asian Trust charity.
His knack for amalgamating both eastern and western styles has brought him much recognition and glittering invites to appear in concerts all over: including, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Southbank Centre (venues in Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall), Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and London's V&A museum to name just a handful of prestigious venues. Having begun his musical journey supporting artists including MOBO award-winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman he went on to collaborate with Mercury Prize award-winner Talvin Singh OBE at Ronnie Scotts - within a few years he was a featured introducing artist on national BBC radio, performed with his own ensembles in arenas to over 60,000 people and scooped the Eastern Electronic Festival prize. With all of these feathers under his cap before reaching his twenties it is hardly surprising the young talent is today a highly sought after performer.
Rekesh's latest release ‘Avartan’ in 2018 earned him a no.2 chart position on the iTunes World Music Charts. His critically acclaimed debut album, 'Beyond Roots', released under Milapfest in 2015, won him spectacular praise from tabloid press to prime-time radio play. The album followed a sold-out nationwide tour culminating in an exclusive live session for BBC Radio London. Beyond Roots features celebrated BBC Symphony Orchestra violinist virtuoso, John Garner, a regular collaborator with Chauhan.
As a 4th generation member of the Indian diaspora, his influence is considered pivotal in shaping and representing British Indians. Rekesh holds a first class honours degree in Economics and is a published book co-author. He was selected as a ‘rising millennial’ to provide advisory assistance to the Government of India to strengthen bilateral relations and shape policy. He is also regularly invited as a guest columnist for newspapers and magazines. Rekesh was invited by the University of Oxford on a featured research production as part of the university’s Hilary Term exploring the research and amalgamation of Hindustani Classical Music with other cultures. In 2018 Rekesh was selected as one of the 35 under 35 India-UK Young Leaders.
His collaborations range from Nobel Peace Prize performer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Hans Raj Hans. Keeping to his roots, as a harmonium (Indian hand pump organ) performer, Rekesh is often seen with the most respected names of Indian classical music earning him a glittering credit list of performances including Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra. With his audiences ranging from Bollywood A-lister Govinda to invitations from around including being invited by the Prime Minister of the UK to 10 Downing Street, it is hardly surprising that the versatility of Chauhan's talent is a testament to his sound.
His style defines the reverberation amongst the new generation of listeners of contemporary world music as his music mellifluously amalgamates both eastern and western flavours.
In 2020 Rekesh released Neelam's Story, a visual arts production depicting a real-life case study of an individual whom experienced mental heath issues inspired by a British Asian Trust case study in support of their COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. The production had an estimated reach of over 1 million people to help reduce stigmas of mental health in South Asian communities. The Prime Minister of the UK supported and commended Rekesh on his efforts for the production.
Supporting the British Asian Trust
"Absolutely beautiful..." BBC London
"Chauhan really got the crowds going..." Birmingham Mail
"Bringing the east and west together..." BBC WM