Aditya Gandhi | Concert Guitarist

About is not the most important part of a performance, rather the story is...”

“At the core of my philosophy I believe that all music, and especially classical music, which stood the test of time, is universal
— Daily Mirror LK


  • Performed across US, UK, India and Sri Lanka. Currently residing in India.
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BMus) and Chicago College of Performing Arts (MMus) Alumnus.

  • Ongoing work revolves around making classical music concerts more accessible to newer audiences by tying them up with themes and narratives. 

  • Recently completed a tour 4 concerts in Sri Lanka, and 2nd leg of India tour is in the works.


FULL BIOGRAPHY   (last updated Jan 2018)

Aditya Gandhi, currently based in India, has performed across India, Sri Lanka, Scotland and United States, including venues such as Ganz Hall in Chicago, Guinness Room and Stevenson Concert Hall in Glasgow, Calcutta School of Music, and Alliance Francaise in Ahmedabad. Most recently, Aditya presented a solo concert titled Solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela at the Russian Centre in Colombo in January 2018, and is currently touring India with a concert series titled  Prelude and Leaps, which has so far run successful shows in Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat and Baroda, in its first leg. 

Having grown up in a culture largely void of western-classical music, Aditya’s musical creativity is born of this outside view, searching for that unique intersection between ‘contemporary’ and ‘accessible’ music. He believes that the universality of classical music is often obstructed by the traditional packaging we present it in. Unlike the usual recital format, his concerts revolve around a theme/narrative. His goal is to shake up the preconceived notions modern audiences have about 'art music', by collaborating and curating concert experiences in a way that is more accessible and reflective of contemporary culture.

Pursuing his ambition of exposing young audiences to art music, Aditya has taught at Greenwood High School in India, and Melody Makers Arts Academy in UAE, hoping to inspire more students to pursue higher education in Music and Arts. He has recently founded the Guitar Society of Ahmedabad - with the aim of initiating the first specialized platform in the region for a growing number of students and enthusiasts.  

Aditya’s recent collaborations include a collection of Spanish songs with mezzo soprano  Ankna Arockiam, a set of contemporary works with Violist Michael Schneider , and the premier of a new work for solo guitar by composer Jonathan Hannau. He also accompanied CCPA’s production of Montiverdi’s l'incoronazione di poppea in 2016, a unique venture for the classical guitar.

He was awarded the RCS Trust Award in 2010 and 2nd prize at the Calcutta International Guitar Competition in 2012. Born in India, Aditya began his musical journey at quite a late age of 15. He largely self-taught the instrument before completing his Bachelors of Music with Honors from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and his Masters of Music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under world-renowned guitarist Denis Azabagic

Aditya has also written several papers on the music of Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu and Luigi Nono, and is a keen researcher on contemporary music. He currently performs on a 2014 Sebastian Stenzel guitar. When away from the guitar, he loves to trek, and is an avid reader - particularly of south-american and Spanish literature. He also spends hours 'doodling' on his ukelele.