Improvised Classical & Jazz Pianist In London
Tanay hails from Ahmedabad, India where he has been studying piano, keyboard, violin, percussion and music theory with Saurin Upadhyay at Vibration Academy of Music since he was 4 years of age.
Tanay is a third year student at Keble College, Oxford University studying Computer Science. He has received an Exhibition Award and certificates of merit for outstanding performance in the music examinations held by the Trinity College of London and ABRSM, with the unusual distinction of having passed Grade 8 Theory at the age of 12.
He has been composing, arranging and orchestrating various musical works that have been performed live at various prestigious venues and has also composed music for a New York based film director for his upcoming movie.
He has completed his Licentiate from Trinity College of Music (LTCL) in Piano performance with a Distinction. In 2011, he was a finalist at Con Brio, The All India John Gomes Memorial Piano Competition. Following this success, he was invited to participate at workshops and master classes conducted by visiting teachers.
In November 2012, he was selected as the Young Musician of the Year – 2013, India, the first in an annual series of awards, instituted by the Olga and Jules Craen Foundation.
He won the scholarships to the summer schools at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and Chethams at Manchester, where he also studied Composition besides Piano. His tenure as the YMOY – 2013 culminated in full-length recitals at Hyderabad, Goa, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Shillong and Mumbai.
Tanay has been the Music scholar (2014/15 and 2016/17) and Computer Science scholar (2015/16) at Keble College, having performed at various venues across Oxford, including Keble College, Balliol College, Oxford Town Hall, Varsity Club, etc.
He has also been involved as a musical director in a musical called ‘Queueue’ while at Oxford. His latest project includes his album, called Project | Albus, which features singers, writers and instrumentalists from the UK and India.
His act is an entirely improvised jazz piano concert in two parts, each lasting about 25 mins. Since the concert is improvised, the audience (and the player!) are always in for a surprise, as various different styles of music are explored during this journey. The aim of the concert is to create a mood such that the audience is transformed into another place, whilst also enjoying the music.
Through the fields
Through the Gir Forest
“Disney-inspired ballads, keyboard patches reminiscent of Koji Kondo, four-on-the-floor drumbeats, and Indian pop sensibilities represent just some of the sonic diversity present through the half-hour album.” “Nevertheless, there is an intimacy captured in almost every track through Tanay’s DIY approach to recording: the listener feels as if they are in the studio space while the vocalist is performing. It adds to the charm of the album even if revealing some of its imperfections.”
-Oxford Culture Review