International artist and Top Prize winner at the Texas National Music Festival’s “Classical Minds” competition, guitarist Matt Bacon is a highly sought after performer, song writer, recording artist, and serves as Guitar Faculty at KMMC. Matt had the honor to study at two of the most prestigious schools for western classical music and received his Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2014 and his BA from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 2010. At both schools Matt earned Dean’s List for Academic Achievement, merit scholarships, was awarded Career Development Grants, featured in the Distinguished Alumni publication, and also served as the Senior Resident Advisor for Stanford University’s Precollege music program.
Originally from St Andrew’s in Scotland, Dr Adam Greig completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Lancaster University in England, where he received a BA (Hons) in Music and a Masters degree in Music with Distinction, and went on to complete a practice as research doctoral thesis on the music of French composer, Germaine Tailleferre; also holding the LRSM from the ABRSM. He specialises in performing early 20th Century French repertoire. He has had the privilege of performing two piano concertos with the Lancaster University Symphony Orchestra – Francis Poulenc’s Piano Concerto No.1, and Germaine Tailleferre’s Concerto pour piano et 12 instruments and more recently the Mozart Concerto in A with the Australian World Orchestra during their India tour in 2018.
Gerardo Sánchez Lara received his Preparatory Diploma in Music from the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, and continued there to earn a Bachelor of Music degree and a Senior degree summa cum laude in piano performance. His teachers were Eduardo Montes, Olga Chkourak, Gellya Dubrova and Cuauhtémoc Trejo. Sánchez pursued major studies at the Centro Nacional de las Artes under Arturo Uruchurtu, and under Manuel Carra and Antonio Iglesias in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. An active performer, Sánchez has appeared as soloist at the International Contemporary Music Festival of Morelia, International Percussion Festival of Monterrey, and FUSION International Contemporary Music Festival in San José de Costa Rica.
Shantanu Patel is a professional Concert Pianist / Conductor / Lecturer from Ahmadabad, India. He completed 3 years of music specializing in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Adam Greig at KMMC. He went to London to complete his final year of the degree and graduated with BA(hons) in July 2015 under Professor Laura O’Gorman. In March 2015, he made concerto debut playing Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466 with The London Firebird Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Shantanu completed his Masters in Music from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland specializing in advanced piano performance and conducting skills under Professor Fali Pavri and conducting under Nigel Boddice, Alasdair Mitchell, and Norman Beedie.
Lavania Kumar had private piano lessons with Mr. David Quigley, faculty member at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During the BIPA summer school she attended master classes held by distinguished pianists as Peter Donahue, a joint silver medallist at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Brigitte Engerer, concert pianist and faculty member of the Paris Conservatoire and the famous Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, a faculty member of the Juilliard School of Music. She moved from the UK to Singapore in 2009 and started weekly piano lessons with Professor Boris Kraljevic, from the Moscow Conservatoire and faculty member at NAFA, Singapore. She successfully cleared the LRSM diploma, and recently in September 2017 was admitted a FRSM.
British soprano Nina Kanter graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Intensive Masters Programme in summer 2018, where she was awarded Distinction and the Grabowsky Connell Prize for consistent high achievement. During her studies Nina was a Josephine Baker Trust Artist and a prizewinner in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize. In recital, recent highlights include concerts in Chennai for the Art Song Festival 2020, where Nina performed alongside special guests Patricia Rozario OBE and Mark Troop. Other highlights include performances of Slavic song at the Aldeburgh Festival and for the Boas recital series at 22 Mansfield Street, and Schubert lieder with pianist James Cheung for the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Liliana Shaikhi (born in 1972, Turkmenistan) is a Russian singer (soprano). In 1995 she graduated from the Academy of Arts in Ufa acquiring two specialties: piano and the art of singing. 1995-2008 she was a solo performer at the Bashkir State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In year 2003 she took part in the Vincenzo Bellini International Contest of classical singers (Ragusa, Italy) winning the prize for the highest performing quality. 2003-2005 she sharpened her skills training at the Opera Center of Galina Vishnevskaya (Moscow). Liliana leads an active concert and chamber music life, her programmes including songs in the Russian, Italian, German, English, Bashkir and Tatar languages. Liliana successfully combines her concert tours with educational activity, being in great demand as a voice training teacher.
Humble Shine is a Carnatic and Hindustani vocal performer, ghazal singer and voice trainer who has been active since 1997. He is a PhD Research Scholar on the topic of ‘Experimental Vocological Training’ at the Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady, where he also completed his MPhil in the ‘Need of Vocological Training’, he also has an MA and BA in Indian Music from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He was selected for the Rotary Club Award and Parat Narayana Menon Endowment for securing the highest mark in MA Music 2004. Also he has founded a music foundation at Kottayam for the promotion of Hindustani classical music named ‘Sursagar Foundation’.
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.
Having started learning the violin from a very early age, Anupam completed the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, in Violin Performance, and went on to study for a BA in Music from The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. He completed his MPhil in Musicology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Previous accomplishments include being one of only three Indian participants at the first ever US State Department sponsored exchange programme in music with a residency in Boston, followed by a performance at the UNESCO, Paris. Anupam has also had the privilege of playing on three separate occasions under the direction of legendary Western Music conductor Sir Neville Marriner in London.
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.
Anantha R. Krishnan
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. 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. 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. He has also been a special interest student of tabla under Ustad Zakir Hussain for the past six years.