The Duo

CH2, the multi-international award-winning duo from South Africa, keeps going from strength to strength with their latest HIT album STARSTRUCK, the duo’s 12th album to date. This album is indeed a STARSTRUCK affair…

Featuring the genius that is Michael NOMAD Ripoll on guitar. His credits include Rodney Jerkins, David Foster, Walter A., Tommy Simms, Bernie Herms, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Colbie Caillat, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Toby Mac, and Leslie Odom Jr. In his career he’s also been fortunate enough to work with iconic composers such as, Danny Elfman (Men in Black 3), John Powell (Ferdinand, Happy Feet 1 & 2, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), and A.R. Rahman.

Secondly we have the Grammy winning flautist Wouter Kellerman joining CH2 on a STUNNING rendition of Sting’s “Shape of my Heart”. A true honour for us!

Then the wunderkind Marcin Patrzalek from Poland and winner of the legendary Jon Gomm world acoustic guitar competition, joins CH2 on Asturias. An iconic Classical-Spanish composition by Isaac Albeniz, here reborn into a stunning cross-over track.

Butera Knowless needs no introduction in the African Pop music scene! Hailing from Rwanda this queen of Africa graces us with her soothing tones and flawless beauty also singing in her native tongue Kinyarwanda.

The powerhouse that is Lloyd Cele is known for his success in SA Idols and we are SUPER excited about our colab track with him “Keep Moving”. And in life we INDEED keep moving.

Then we are also graced with the presence of Denny Lalouette on bass (Josh Groban, Leo Sayer, Chris de Burgh, Shirley Bassey, Andy Narell (American steel drum player), Demis Roussos, Patrizio Buanne, Michael Gibbs (British arranger), Joe Henderson (American jazz saxophonist), Trevor Rabin, Dana Winner) and Brendan Ross on sax (played for the legend Johnny Clegg). Starstruck is an album filled with the best virtuoso guitar playing you will ever hear in their own unique CH2 style, combined with tender moments and exhilarating live tracks where you can LIVE yourself into the CH2 vibe!

This magical duos best claim to fame can only be winning the Worldwide Classical / Flamenco category in the Lee Ritenour Six String Theory International Guitar Competition, held in the USA. This is the single biggest most prestigious guitar competition in the world, covering all genres and styles of music on the six stringed instrument, all competing in one arena.

With their flawless, effortless technique and pulsating rhythms they showcase what can be done on only two guitars, classical guitars, and create a very exciting instrumental pop sound whilst mimicking drum sounds and bass guitar all at the same time. CH2 has truly developed their own style unique to the band and continues to blow people away with their virtuosity. The members of CH2 keep challenging themselves with new techniques every day and see themselves as pioneers of the classical guitar, pushing the instrument into genres it is not known for.

CH2 are proud members of the Grammy Foundation and will enter Insomnia in the next round of the Grammys. The Grammys is of course the top music accolade on the planet, sought after by every musician in the world. No honour is greater than winning a Grammy in the music industry.

CH2 has won numerous awards over the years, with 2 x SAMA (South African Music Award) awards for best instrumental / classical album. The SAMA award is arguably the top music award in the whole of Africa.

They’ve also won 2 x Ghoema, Geraas, Oscar and VryFees awards. They have performed on various international tours over the years and enjoy a strong international following across all the continents. CH2 has recently been accepted into one of the biggest movie libraries in the world that supplies Hollywood and Bollywood music for A-list movies.

The visual impact of what they do on two nylon stringed guitars mesmerizes audiences all over the world and is a must see live act. They showcase the virtuoso and technical possibilities on the classcial guitar, using classical, flamenco, Spanish and other techniques to create a completely unique style.

Corneille Hutten


Corneille Hutten began to play classical guitar at the age of five. He is a multi-award winning classical soloist and founded CH2 18 years ago, with the aim to introduce classical guitar to a larger audience and showcase the virtuosity possible on the instrument. As part of CH2, he was the winner of the World Classical / Flamenco category in the 2011 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory International Guitar Competition. As a soloist he won numerous Overall Eisteddfod-winner trophies, and he won a silver medal in the Commonwealth in an international guitar exam, scoring a record 94%.

Dirkie van Staden


Dirkie van Staden is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays and educates on all the brass instruments, but his focus is on classical guitar with a unique and distinctive rhythmic style. Few guitarists can compare to his virtuoso nuevo-flamenco and Spanish Rasgueado technique and his rhythmic ingenuity have become one of the cornerstones of CH2’s unique sound. As member of two other instrumental groups, Dirkie has won 1st prize in 4 talent competitions. He enjoys conducting wind bands and has an honours degree (cum laude) in music education.

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