Jayasurian has been teaching music for over 30 years at various levels. Has worked as a music teacher at almost all of the leading educational institutions in Chennai as well as having taught abroad. Has completed Grade 8 Certification in Education from Trinity College of Music. Has performed for The Doordarshan TV channel as a classical guitarist and also as a keyboard accompanist. Has worked for a Five Year Period at Musee Musicals as a guitar and piano teacher. His overseas assignments include his work as a Music Teacher in Tanzania for 2 years and also as Guitar, Piano and Keyboard teacher in Singapore for 7 years. Has been tutoring students for almost all Trinity and ABRSM related Syllabus exams right up to the diploma level in both theory as well as practical over 30 years.
Mr. A. Sigamani Dinakaran was educated in an Anglo-Indian High School and graduated from The Loyola College of Chennai. His passion towards music started at the age of five when he took up the violin. He learnt both Western and Carnatic music and passed Grade 8 from Trinity College London and a Diploma in Carnatic music from the Tamil Nadu Government Music College, as a disciple of Azhalagiri Samy and M.S. Ananthraman.
Much of Dinarkaran’s career has been spent working as a studio violinest for A. R. Rahman, since the days of the composer’s very first film, Roja. He has also performed with the Madras Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the french conductor, Bernard Wacheux and he regular plays in concerts with fusion groups across Chennai and elsewhere in India. He has worked with many celebrated musicians during his career.
Dinakaran has also been teaching the violin for many years, helping to nurture young talent in Chennai. At KMMC, Dinakaran teaches violin on the Preparatory, Foundation and Diploma programmes.
Aishwarya Anil Kumar has been studying at KM for almost 3 years now. She completed the foundation course in 2012 and is currently pursuing the Specialist Vocal Performance Programme under the guidance of Mr Gilles Denizot. She is also training in Hindustani classical music under Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan of the Rampur Shaswan Gharana. She joined as a faculty in June 2013 on the preparatory programme in Western Classical Voice. She has participated in many projects undertaken by Dr A.R. Rahman in India and abroad such as, Babelsberg Classical Incantations tour of India and German, Thai Manne Vanakkam, and a concert for the Ambani family. She has also performed regularly with the KM Chamber Choir. She is a trained Carnatic singer and has learned to play the veena.
N.D. Santhosh, a former student of the Middlesex University Affiliated Foundation Program at KMMC, was offered the position of piano faculty of the Preparatory Programme after successful completion of his Foundation course. Santhosh has been learning music for over 13 years and has performed in certain KMMC concerts, including the “KMMC Annual Day Concert” attended by the Founder and Principal, Dr A.R. Rahman. He has also composed music for a dozen short films and documentaries, including one for UNICEF which was pitched against child labour. He additionally works as a sound engineer and studio In-charge at the new state-of-the-art KM campus.
Anantha R. Krishnan started his musical journey at an early age on the mridangam, the principle drum of Carnatic music. As a child he astounded the Indian classical community with his performances and was hailed a progidy. Since then, he has gone on to cement his position as one of the top mridangam players of his generation.
Anantha is the grandson and disciple of arguably the greatest mridangam maestro of all time, Shri Palghat R. Raghu. He started learning the mridangam under his uncle, Shri R. Ramkumar, as a toddler and began an official tutelage under his grandfather at the age of five. Anantha performed his first concert at the age of seven and during this period he received many awards from traditional organisations of Carnatic music across India. Most notably, he won the Best Mridangist Prize from the Music Academy in Chennai a record five times in six years!
As a young adult Anantha moved to the USA and in both 1997 and 1998 he was awarded the State of the Arts
Award from the New Jersey government, as part of the National Endowment of the Arts effort for promoting
greater cultural awareness in America.In 1999, he was invited to perform for the Millennium celebrations in Berlin, Germany, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and again at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover. A year later, he performed at the historic Sadler’s Wells Music Festival in London for the UK Prime Minister. More recently, Anantha returned to Germany at the invitation of Fred Frith, the British experimental guitarist, to perform for the seminal New Jazz Meeting for SWR 2, a national radio station based in Baden Baden.
In May 2008, Anantha was a featured soloist in the Grammy nominated ‘Miles from India’ tour, which premiered
in Town Hall of New York City and presented the music of the great Miles Davis with Indian instrumentation,
featuring jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Dave Liebman Lenny White, Ndugu Chancler, and Pete Cosey. In July 2011, he also performed in a Carte Blanche Artist Series of the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, to a
crowd of 64,000.
Anantha holds a BA in Western Music and Philosophy from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Percussion from Mills College, California. Whilst at university he studied Western percussion under William Winant. Specialising in contemporary 20th Century percussion, he is perhaps the only percussionist of Indian heritage to have performed the music of American composers, Steve Reich, John Cage, James Tenney, Jon Appleton and Charles Dodge, among many others. He has also been a special interest student of tabla under Ustad Zakir Hussain for the past six years and has recorded for Intakt Records, Echo Music and ACT Records.
At KMMC, Anantha teaches Western and Indian percussion to students on the Preparatory, Foundation and Diploma programmes.
Rachintan graduated with a Bachelors of Communications while studying Visharad in Hindustani Harmonium. After passing KM Music Conservatory’s Foundation course with a major in Piano, Rachintan has been teaching Preparatory Piano for the last two years at KMMC. Rachintan passed Grade Five in Theory and Grade Six in Piano from Trinity College of London. He has been playing keyboard for the last thirteen years. He also studied Gujarati Folk and rhythm from Saurastra Gujarat University. Recently, Rachintan participated in the creation of the Rhyme Skool album as a Composer, which was supervised by Dr. A.R.Rahman.
As a student at KM, Rachintan performed many times as a pianist in various performances at the school. Highlights include a performance for the US Consulate in Chennai honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi and as an accompanist for part of the “A.R. Rahman: Unplugged” Concert in Delhi, where Hindustani and Western Classical Choir pieces were performed. Currently, Rachintan is learning Jazz and Western Classical.
Master of Music, Advanced Piano Performance, Royal College of Music, London. Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance (Honours), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.
Alexandra Miñoza is a classical pianist with experience in performing diverse musical repertoire spanning early music by Bach to contemporary pieces by Prokofiev. Appreciated for her clear sense of musical personality, and fearless and engaging performances, she has recently graduated with a Master of Music in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music in London and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore in Singapore.
Alexandra’s principal teachers include pianists Leon McCawley, Albert Tiu, Carmencita Arambulo and Mila Nadala.
Previously based in Singapore, she has more than seven years of teaching experience preparing young potentials for challenging examinations such as the ABRSM and early childhood music programs such as the Suzuki Piano Method and the Staccato! Early Childhood Music Development Program. Passionate about teaching children and adults, she uses a variety of pedagogical methods to inculcate a love for music among the students along with a strong playing technique. She also regularly publishes articles on the Suzuki piano technique in her blog along with demonstration videos.
Born in the Philippines, Alexandra started learning the piano at the age of seven. She had her orchestral debut at the age of nine performing Haydn Piano Concerto in D, Hob. XVIII/2 with the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra sponsored by Abbott Philippines. At the age of eleven, she gained a place at the Philippine High School for the Arts. She has also performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines prior to her graduation at the Philippine High School for the Arts. Along with numerous solo piano recitals in the Philippines, her performances were also featured on national television and music education conferences abroad. She was featured on GMA-7 Network Television’s ‘A Little Night of Music’ and Philippine Television-4’s ‘Paco Park Presents.’ International music education conferences includes an appearance at the opening gala concert of the Asian Suzuki Music Conference 2002 held in Singapore. Granted a full-scholarship from Singtel Corporation, Alexandra moved to Singapore to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. In Singapore, Alexandra has performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Esplanade Recital Studio, Victoria Concert Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall and the University Cultural Center of the National University of Singapore.
In 2009, Alexandra was awarded the Polani Award scholarship by the Royal College of Music, to pursue her post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Awards include the Polani Award (2009), a post-graduate scholarship grant from the Royal College of Music (2009), Full-Scholarship grant from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (2003), a full-scholarship grant from the Philippine High School for the Arts (1999), Finalist in 1st ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition (2004), Honorable Mention in National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Piano Category B-1 (2001), Dean’s List, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of the National University of Singapore (2003), High Honors Philippine High School for the Arts (2003).
Mr Deepan, a drum kit faculty has formally completed Grade 8 of the Trinity College Level of Certification and has been involved in teaching privately for over a period of 8 years. He has also been associated with KM Music Conservatory over a period of 3 years imparting formal education to its students in the genres of funk, freestyle, double pedal and the like. His drive to gain more knowledge has also compelled him to formally pursue ATCL Diploma in drum kit with the hope of keeping his motto, “continuous improvement”, alive.
Dr James Bunch is an American composer, conductor and educator who completed his doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written works for voice, instrumental ensembles, and electronics. His music has received performances throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr Bunch joined the KM Music Conservatory faculty in 2014.
Currently doing Bachelors in Music at Madras University. Started learning music at the age of 6.Trained under the legendary Mr. Abdul Sattar who was felicitated by Trinity College London as one of the best Piano Teachers in Chennai. Has finished Grade 8 in Piano and Grade 5 in classical guitar under Sattar’s mentorship and in addition learnt Advanced Theory and Harmonization. Worked as an Assistant to Mr. Abdul Sattar for 2 years at Armonia Music School after completing Grade 8 in Piano. After his assignment at Armonia Music SchooI, he enrolled at KMMC for a summer programme in piano training under the expertise of Dr Adam James Greig, a prominent pianist from Lancaster Univerity. Is on the verge of completing his ATCL Piano Studies pertaining to Trinity College of Music, London. Also underwent Hindustani Vocal Training for 4 years and is currently working at KMMC as a Preparatory Western Classical Piano Faculty.
Asawari Waikar started her training under her father the Late Dattatreya Kelkar, and the journey continues with the blessing of her other Gurus Late Vasantrao Gurav, the Late Smt Rekha Deshpande, Smt. Meera Savoor and Pt. Vyasmurti Katti. She completed Sangeet Visharad from the Akhil Barateey Gandharv Mahvidyalaya. During 1996 she won first prize in Hindustani Classical and Light Music category at University level youth festival, and has also won many other prestigious competitions in Classical, Semi Classical and Light Music.
Asides from her 10 years’ experience as a Hindustani classical teacher and 3 years’ teaching Mathematics and Statistics, Asawari has completed a Master in Commerce with specialization in Accounts and Costing, has authored three books of short stories and poems and has regularly contributed short stories and articles in Marathi magazine.
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