Aditya Verma - Biography

Aditya Verma is one of Canada's premier forces on the Canadian and international world music scene.  A charismatic sarod player based in Montreal, he has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe and India.  His electrifying performances reveal his virtuosity, passionate energy and an intensely emotional approach to music.  Aditya's creative collaborations with artists of diverse traditions from around the globe have been received with acclaim and enthusiasm, including a performance with the Washington Symphony Orchestra on Capital Hill for an audience of over 500,000 people.

Growing up in Montreal in a family deeply involved in the culture of India, he started playing the tabla at an early age under the guidance of his father, Dr. Narendra Verma, and Ustad Zakir Hussain.  In 1987, he moved to India to study Hindustani classical music as a disciple of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, renowned sarod master Ustad Aashish Khan and the eminent Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

In addition to playing concerts, he has composed music for film and has produced several CD's to his credit.  Aditya is actively involved in the propagation of Indian music by conducting lecture demonstrations and teaching.  He recently completed two terms as Artist-In-Residence at a prestigious American liberal arts college and is featured in a CBC-ARTV documentary film series, 'La Symphonie du Nouveau Monde'.  He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from arts organisations in recognition of his musical talent.

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