The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2013

Kenya: Opera Sensation Zak in Concert

Zachariah Njoroge Kariithi fondly known as 'Zak' probably did not know that at 26, he would be one of Kenya's top male opera sensation. At the age of 12 he started taking private piano lessons and later voice lessons under the guidance of his teacher Gachigi Kungu. He has gone on to perform with various world class orchestras.

On Wednesday night, he put on a wonderful show at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi where he performed as a baritone soloist with some accompaniments from soprano Elizabeth Njoroge. The show saw him perform classics by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Stravinsky, Gershwin among others.

Zak has been tutored under the mentorship of famed accompanists Prof. Charles Spencer and Prof Ulf Baestlein and maestro Zubin Mehta. His career highlight has been his performance in the famed Carnegie Hall in New York.

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