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Jivan Xander Ramesh

9 year old, Jivan Ramesh, born into a non-musical family, asked to play cello at age 3 after hearing a recording of Yo Yo Ma playing “The Swan”. Mr. Ma later signed his Jivan’s cello after listening to him play at the age of 5. Jivan named his cello “Awaaz” meaning Voice, because he says that the cello is his voice.

Jivan just finished his 1st year at the Manhattan School of Music with a full scholarship, where he was principal cello in the MSM orchestra. His cello teacher is Marion Feldman, the highly respected cello pedagogue.

He had his orchestral debut at age 5 with a solo performance of “Ode To Joy” at the televised opening ceremony of the International Children’s Games in 2013.

Jivan is listed on the Carnegie Hall website as the youngest string player to play there. He twice played solo pieces in Carnegie Hall in the Awards concert for winning the American Protege International Strings Competition, when he was 5 and 6.

Jivan doesn’t limit himself to classical cello. He also plays “fiddle” cello, Chinese cello, jazz style, and many other styles. He arranges a variety of music for solo cello, and is currently playing in a Chinese orchestra, as well as in a number of chamber groups.

Jivan also likes to play every instrument he can get his hands on. Along with cello, he is currently studying piano and Guzheng (a chinese stringed instrument), and plays around with a wide variety of instruments.

Jivan is also an avid composer, and can be seen at the piano or his laptop, at all times of the day, composing music. His compositions have been played multiple times, and he is currently being mentored by Bruce Adolphe, well-known composer, author, and creator of the “Piano Puzzler” on NPR.

Jivan is also is a brown belt in Karate, an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction, loves science, is a computer programmer, and also competes in robotic building and programming competitions. He says he would love to have a dual career of paleontologist and cellist when he grows up.

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