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© 2018 JASDEEP SINGH DEGUN

A Brief Biography

Awarded the Yuva Sangeet Ratna 'Musician of the Year' at the National Indian Arts Awards 2016, Jasdeep is fast establishing a name for himself as a rising star of the Indian classical and contemporary music scenes. Jasdeep acquires a deep insight into the art of Indian Classical music through his teacher, Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE, and continues to develop his skills in performance, composition, and production.

 

An active musician and sitar player, Jasdeep has performed internationally in many high profile productions and prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace, the Amphitheatre in Doha, and the Royal Albert Hall at the 2014 BBC Proms to name a few. 

A keen composer, Jasdeep has written, arranged, and produced music for a diverse array of projects and soundtracks, including music for string quartets, contemporary classical ensembles, prolific dance pieces, and high profile music productions. 

Jasdeep was recently awarded a Sky Academy Scholarship to work on a debut album of contemporary and classical music. As part of the scholarship, Jasdeep is currently mentored by the illustrious multi-instrumentalist and producer, Nitin Sawhney.  

Training

Jasdeep began his training in vocal music with Smt. Gunwant Kaur whilst studying at Primary School in Leeds. He soon began classes at the local community centre under the guidance of the late Jayasree Sen Gupta, before learning under Dr Vijay Rajput as part of the Yorkshire Young Musicians scheme at the Leeds College of Music. Jasdeep was also a regular attendee of the South Asian Arts-uk annual Summer Schools and had the opportunity to train with the renowned vocalists Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakrabarty. 

 

Jasdeep began the study of sitar under Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE from the relatively late age of fifteen. Taken initially as a secondary subject, Jasdeep soon made the decision to focus primarily on sitar with Ustad Dharambir Singh as his sole teacher and mentor. 

Around this time, Jasdeep auditioned to join Samyo (the national South Asian youth orchestra) and became its first ever vocalist. Jasdeep remained a member of Samyo (and later Tarang, the national south asian ensemble) for over a decade and as a result developed a keen interest in, and understanding of, Carnatic music. 

Due to the open-mindedness of Ustad Dharambir ji, Jasdeep has been encouraged to train intensively in India, and took the opportunity to study with the maestro Ustad Shujaat Khan (in the winter of 2010). Jasdeep recently studied at the prestigious Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata under the guidance of Pandit Partho Chatterjee and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in early 2016.  

With Thanks To...

"With the blessings and encouragement of my teacher, Ustad Dharambir Singh, I have always enjoyed interacting and learning from a wide variety of teachers and musicians over the years. I would like to take this opportunity to name and thank some of the people and organisations who have helped shape my musical journey"

Ustad Dharambir Singh

Smt. Gunwant Kaur

Ustad Shujaat Khan

Ustad Irshad Khan

Pandit Arvind Parikh

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty

Pandit Partho Chatterjee

Ustad Siraj Khan

Ustad Harjinderpal Singh

Jayasree Sen Gupta

Dr Vijay Rajput

Roopa Panesar

Giani Gurbax Singh

Patri Satish Kumar

Sanju Sahai

Kousic Sen

Shri Sriram

Gaurav Mazumdar

Veena Jayanthi Kumaresh

Ranajit Sen Gupta

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

Shashank Subramanium

Dr S.P. Ram

Purbayan Chatterjee

Ramprapanna Bhattacharya

Richard Melkonian

Errollyn Wallen

Keran Virdee

South Asian Arts-uk

Milapfest

Darbar

Zeroclassikal

Yorkshire Young Musicians

Saturday Music School