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Jivan Xander Ramesh

Jivan Ramesh is a surprising musical talent in a non-musical family. At the age of 3 he expressed a desire to play cello. On his fifth birthday he became the youngest string player to play at Carnegie Hall.

Jivan is currently enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music in the Pre-College program, and is working with famed cello pedagogue Marion Feldman. He also plays in the MSM Repertory Orchestra and in a professional orchestra, the Chinese Music Ensemble of Manhattan.

Jivan started composing at the age of 5. He composes in many musical styles, including classical, Chinese, Indian, and fiddle, and his compositions have been played by a number of ensembles, chamber groups.

A number of well-known composers have heard Jivan’s compositions and have encouraged him to continue. Sir Michael Dadap and Bruce Adolphe are mentoring him in composition. Jivan also has mentoring sessions or ongoing email correspondence on composition with Jay Ungar, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng and an upcoming extended mentoring planned over the summer with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

At any time of day or night Jivan can be heard humming his latest compositions. Music is a part of his soul.

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 paleonto-geneticist and composer when he grows up.

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