Aditya Gandhi | Concert Guitarist

About

 
...music 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
 

IN BRIEF

  • 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.

  • Recipient of RCS Trust award and Calcutta International Guitar Competition 2012 (2nd Prize)

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

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Aditya Gandhi 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 he has toured Sri Lanka as a part of GuitarFest 2017 performing 7 concerts in 6 cities, performed self-conceptualized ‘Nocturnal Concerts’ in Ahmedabad, and performed at Archiprix International 2017. 

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 on-going goal is to  shake up the preconceived notions modern audiences have about 'art music', by collaborating and curating concert experiences in a way that it is more accessible and reflective of contemporary culture.

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 had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible musicians along the way. Most recent projects include 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.

Pursuing his ambition of exposing young audiences to art music throughout India, Aditya has given frequent lectures at Greenwood High School in India, hoping to inspire more students to pursue higher education in Music and Arts. He has taught at Melody Makers Arts Academy in UAE, and continues to give private tuition in Scotland, USA and India. 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.

Aditya currently performs on a 2014 Sebastian Stenzel guitar. When away from the guitar, he loves to cook, watch stand-up comedy, and is an avid reader - particularly of south-american and Spanish literature. He also spends hours 'doodling' on his ukelele.