“Best of Both”
… is a duo formed by classically trained pianists, Francois Botha and Yohan Chun. They play a variety of styles of music as well as different instruments. They have performed together at a number of venues and events including the Baxter Concert Hall’s Morning Melodies, Jazz at the Nassau, the Casa Labia Cultural Centre, Hazendal Wine Estate’s Jazz Club, Friends of Orchestral Music’s Fundraising Soiree and dozens of private events, functions and weddings.
In 2018, Yohan and Francois started their own concert series, also entitled, “Best of Both”, which is hosted at the NG Church in Pinelands. It programmes classical and jazz music alongside one another.
Both members continue to pursue solo careers as pianists and have won prestigious competitions such as the FMR Classical Bursary Award, The Schock Chamber Prize and the Lionel Bowman competition and have performed with orchestras such as the Cape Town Philharmonic and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Francois Botha – Short Bio
Francois Botha is pianist, double bassist and vocalist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa and is active in the classical, jazz and popular music scenes. While actively pursuing his career as a solo artist he is also an experienced accompanist and collaborator and has worked with some of the finest artists in the country as well as abroad including Andrea Bocelli and Stephen Hough. He has toured Asia with International productions such as The Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera and has performed in venues such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin. He has a BMUS Honours in performance from the University of Cape Town and was the winner of the FMR Bursary Competition and the National Ensemble Competition.
Yohan Chun – Short Bio
Yohan is a South Korean pianist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. She is comfortable working in many different styles and is well known in the classical, jazz, popular, opera and musical theatre circles. She has toured Asia playing keyboards in an International Production of The Sound of Music and was also chosen to attend a piano symposium in Freiburg, Germany where she received masterclasses from renowned international pianists. She has played as a soloist in venues such as the Baxter Concert hall and Artscape as well as the Durban and Cape Town City Halls.Yohan has a BMUS Honours in performance from the University of Cape Town and was the winner of the FMR Bursary Competition and the Grahamstown National Music Competition.