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Arjun AyyangarMUSIC , ENTERTAINMENT 732-441-4264
Born in 1998, Arjun Ayyangar began his music studies in fall 2001 with Mr.Antonio Gandia (B.A., Berkley College of Music). Mr. Antonio Gandia sought out Dr. Ray Landers, a world renowned educator in the Suzuki method and suggested Arjun to pursue advanced piano studies with him. Dr. Ray Landers accepted him as his student in the spring of 2002. In October 2010, Arjun began piano lessons with Miles Fusco ( B.S., M.S., The Juilliard School Fidelia Studios New York)
Arjun was among the very few and the youngest at age 4, selected to perform in a NBC's premiere prime time series show America's Most Talented Kid, after going through nationwide audition process. Arjun has been performing with the orchestra at International Music Festival, Ohio since 2003. He had master classes with Leon Bates (piano - 2005) and Cameron Carpenter (organ - 2010 ) at the festival. He received standing ovation initiated by the legendary opera diva, Licia Albanese, age 92, during a charity benefit concert in 2005.
Arjun performed in the famed Kimmel Center, PA and in The War Memorial Auditorium, NJ during a fundraiser for UNICEF sponsored by Steinway and Sons. As competition winner, the venues he performed at are: Merkin Hall, NYC; German Cultural Center, NYC; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC; Field Concert Hall at Curtis Institute of Music, Phildelphia; Dicapo Opera Theater, NYC, Bechstein hall, NYC; and Bosendorfer Hall, Austria. He appeared on PAX TV's America's Most Talented Kid and in Animal Planet's The Most Extreme: Tough Babies episode. He performed during halftime basketball games at Madison Square Gardens, NYC and at Continental Airlines Arena, NJ.
Arjun performs frequently at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, NJ as a part of the hospital's Creative Arts Healing Program. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for Empower The Children - a USA registered charity organization that supports educational and food programs for slum-dwelling and disabled children in Calcutta, India and other parts of the world. Arjun has pledged to contribute US$2 to ETC (http://www.empower-children.org) for every subscriber to his youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/ayyangar
Other instruments Arjun learns are: Organ from Dr. Ray Landers, Harp from Dr. John Sheridan, Veena from Dr. Gopal Kumar, Persian Santur and Tonbak from Maestro Ahmad Borhani and violin from Catherine Boyd.
His harp performance won him a competition award from Music Fest (2010); his veena performance won him competition awards from Carnatic Music Association of North America (2008,2010), Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival, Cleveland, Ohio (2011,2012). He has played santur publicly several times with Persian National Music Ensemble.
Arjun won in 2009 an international piano composition competition from Golden Key of Vienna.
He was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not (Comic Strip 2008) and holds a certificate from Limca Book of Records, 2008,2009 and 2010 for playing national anthems from memory. Arjun can play anthems of ALL countries on the piano from memory. He has written piano music sheets for ALL anthems of the world.
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