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Ishan Loomba

Fifteen-year-old pianist, Ishan Loomba, discovered his love of music at a very young age, picking up familiar tunes at his toy piano and listening to everything from Celtic to classical music. Ishan began piano lessons in 2007 and gave his debut solo piano recital in 2009 when he was eight, playing compositions by Bach, Chopin, and Haydn. Since 2009, he has given seven solo recitals and performed with a number of orchestras, including the NM Philharmonic in 2013 and again in 2015 as the Jackie McGehee Young Artist Competition winner. In 2016 he won a Year 1 Scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the US and won second prize in the Steinway International Sonata Competition at the Colburn Music Academy. Ishan’s significant masterclass teachers include: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Enrico Elisi, Alan Chow, Yoshi Nagai, and Ory Shihor.

Ishan studies piano with Dr. Carol Leone at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He also studies composition with Dr. Karola Obermüller at University of New Mexico. Ishan is particularly moved by the music of J.S. Bach, his favorite composer. The most significant artistic influence on his musical personality derives from performers he enjoys, particularly Krystian Zimerman, David Fray, Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov, and Yefim Bronfman. Ishan is in the 10th grade at Early College Academy in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to playing the piano and listening to music, he loves swimming, going camping, running, and hiking.

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