Aruna Sunderlal (1939 – 2016)
Aruna Sunderlal was born in Delhi in 1939, educated in Auckland House, Simla; Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. She married Rajinder Phillips Sunderlal, Member of the ITC Tobacco Board, in 1958.
In addition, to musical activities, she has served in a voluntary capacity as Chairperson and Director of several social welfare Organizations for the past 25 years prior to founding The Music School, which include Homes for the Aged in Mumbai and Kolkata, The YWCA Social Services, Women Welfare Projects in the slums of the two cities and also as volunteer for Samaritans International, counseling drug addicts and suicidal youth.
In 1986, she moved to Bangalore after the death of her husband, making it her permanent home. In early 1987, she founded the Bangalore School of Music, as the country‟s third and youngest formal School of Western Music. Beginning with just three students in the first month, numbers soon reached 180 by the end of that year, the very maximum that could be accommodated. She gave her home for music education for 22 years.
In 2005, the Music School began construction of a modern building in R.T.Nagar as a permanent home for its expanding activities and was completed in early 2008 under her leadership, ,with support from Trustees, Board and music lovers. It became functional in 2008 and now boasts 418 students and more waiting, with additionally 120 in the Music Outreach. The much – needed expansion is completed. The new Vision – „A Music School of the 21 C‟ for disadvantaged children is being implemented.
Over 9,500 students have been given formal music education training, both theory, practical & performance these 28 years.
The “OUTREACH THROUGH MUSIC INITIATIVE” began in 2003 and has covered 5000 underprivileged, blind and handicapped children since 1987 with initial support from the Royal College of Music Stockholm Sweden. Though the support ended in 2006, the Music School continues the initiative and is looking for new partners. Cultural Exchange with the Conservatoires of Lausanne, Switzerland, the Goethe Institut : MMB in India and Germany continues. She has initiated cultural collaborations with musicians and scholars over the years with 36 countries world-wide. A few important landmarks in her life and work are listed below –
She is credited with bringing alive western classical music in Bangalore after a long dry period, with support from close cultural partnership with numerous overseas and Indian partners in the city, the state of Karnataka, across India, and has initiated collaborations with Embassies, Consulates, High Commissions, The EU Union, ICCR, Ministry of Culture Government of India and Sangeet Natak Academi New Delhi & the department of Kannada & Culture, Government of Karnataka, over thirty years & still continuing.
In a professional career spanning 25 years in various fields and capacities, starting off in advertising in the 80s and veering off into marketing, sales and finally in the last ten years prior to quitting the corporate world in 2008, Jagadeesh was part of the core team involved in the setting up of a FM radio station, Radio Indigo in Bangalore, his hometown.
Post his retirement from the corporate world, Jagadeesh devoted his complete time to music. As Guitarist, Musician, Composer founded a world fusion music ensemble called MoonArra in 2009. Along with his musician wife Madhuri, as co-founder, MoonArra has performed at International Jazz Festivals such as Java Jazz Festival, Bangkok Jazz Festival, World Music Festival in Malaysia, Delhi Jazz Festival, Bengaluru Habba, Tanjazz Festival in Morocco and concert tours in Europe. MoonArra connects and collaborates with musicians in the Indian Classical world as well jazz musicians overseas in meaningful studio and live concert projects.
Currently, as Director of the Bangalore School of Music, since 2016 after its Founder Mrs. Aruna Sunderlal passed away, Jagadeesh responsibilities include on a day-today actively working with the Board, Trustees, BSM faculty and team in consolidating its existing courses and in the development of new courses; interfacing with its cultural partners, consulates of various countries, to boost skills by promoting workshops, master classes and concerts by visiting professionals from overseas universities. To ensure successful and smooth continuity of its concerts and its annual festival East West Music & Dance Encounter; To ensure BSM continues with the vision of its founder.
“Becky, as the world knows her, teaches piano and is a brilliant accompanist, in addition to running a highly successful ‘Early Music’ program for little children at the Bangalore School of Music (BSM), and providing Music Therapy to special needs persons. She comes from a family who enjoyed singing during devotions and in church, and was encouraged by her parents to develop her skill for the glory of God.
Rebecca has been heading the Operations and Public Relations of the Bangalore School of Music since 2011 and co-ordinates the Music Reach program to underprivileged children, which is an important objective of the Institution. Her many talents include accompanying soloists and choirs from India and overseas.
He studied Elementary Music Education at the music conservatory in Zurich and guitar at the conservatory in Winterthur. Followed by an intensive study of jazz and electric guitar in combination with the music of the twentieth century.
Since 1998 is he professor at the Zurich University of the Arts and head of the master program for Elementary Music Padagogy.
Born in Constance (South Germany), Maria Rapp studied piano performance, pedagogy and conducting in Stuttgart. She completed her studies at the world known Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel (Switzerland) in the field of ancient music and fortepiano.
She has been asked to perform both in Europe and in Canada and the USA with miscellaneous chamber music groups.
In 2009 she has been appointed Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts for the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy.
The pianist, educator and manager Ranko Markovic was born in Zagreb in 1957, has has been living in Austria since 1969 and moved to work in Zürich in 2014. After graduation at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg he has undertaken further studies in Moscow (Tschaikowsky-Conservatory), Budapest (Liszt-Academy) and in London.
His postings included a professorship at the Bruckner-Conservatory and teaching assignments at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. He has held lectures and conducted workshops and masterclasses at the Chopin-Academy Warsaw, the Shanghai Conservatory, the McGill University Montreal, the Royal Irish Academy Dublin an in other major cities throughout the world.
Markovic frequently sits on jury-panels such as for the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna and for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in Madrid. He is also Executive Board member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. As a performer he often appears in duo with the Indian pianist Marialena Fernandes. Recent performances include venues in Rio de Janiero, New York, Vienna, Seoul an Bangalore.
Markovic was director of the „City of Vienna Music Educational Institutions“ from 1999 till 2004 and Artistic Director of Konservatorium Wien University
2004-2014. In 2014 he has been appointed Professor at the Zürich University of the Arts.