Twin-Cities Piano Festival 2017 - 10.11.12. November

 Hyderabad Western Music Foundation and Musee Musical present

Twin Cities Piano-Festival (“Competition”) 2017
Dear Friends,
Perhaps it would sound surprising to most parents, teachers the pupils alike that the twin cities present some thousands of candidates for piano examinations conducted by the Trinity College London, The Royal Schools of Music (formally known as the ABRSM) and LCM London College of Music.   This borne out by the fact that some of the examiners, from these boards, stay in the twin cities for some months to complete the exams. Sometimes more than one examiner is deputed to our twin cities by the same board to complete the exam on time. What then is surprising is that, rarely one sees these budding musicians performing any ‘musical role, during the normal course of our city life, in any forum except at the venue of the next year’s examination!
We therefore provide a podium for performance. This festival is not proposed to be conducted as a typical music competition (1st, 2nd, 3rd…) but exclusively as a podium to showcase the musical talents of young and budding musicians in our twin cities. It is aimed at giving a great concert performance experience to the pupils and an immense satisfaction to the music teachers, parents and other music-lovers as well.  
Grand Finale Concert:
Sunday 12thNov. 2017 – 6 pm– at Vidyaranya High School
Auditions: 10th 11th 12th  November at Alliance Française
Participants’ requirements: 4th Grade and above (four different categories; incl. duets!)
There will be prizes given to each participant who is selected for the Grand Finale, plus an extra prize for the outperformers.
Each participant will get a certificate – Registration fee Rs. 700.--
Closing date for applications: 30th October 2017   
The eligibility for participation, registration form, guidelines for choice of pieces that may be performed and the framework of rules & regulations governing the conduct of this festival have been laid out below.
Please help us and forward this to those who might be interested!

For more information please contact us via or Ph. 9912201659

The art of (mis)tuning 16th Sept. & Guided tour around a pipe organ 23rd Sept. by Commodore Champion

Hyderabad Western Music Foundation takes the pleasure of presenting two exclusive talks cum demo by Commodore TMJ Champion, VSM (Retd)

1) The Art of (mis)tuning
Venue: Alliance Française, Aurora Colony, Banj.hills (lane next to Q-mart)
Date: Saturday 16th Sept. at 5.30pm
Most of us, having acoustic pianos at home must have been getting it tuned periodically but never realized the intricate skill that is essential to artfully 'mistune' it from our "perceived nice-sounding" intervals. Entry free. All are welcome. Please register at

2) Guided tour around a Pipe Organ - the King of Instruments
Venue: The Church of St John the Baptist, located at the T-junction of SP Road, branching off to Secunderabad station to the right and East Marredpally to the left
Date: Saturday, 23rd Sept. at 5.30pm
The event would be start with a power point presentation followed by a walk-around the pipe organ structure and demo-playing by Commodore TMJ Champion, the Organist and Choir Director of the church. Few pupils who have qualified in Graded Organ Exam from the ABRSM will also play that day.
Commodore Champion is a retired senior naval officer and a freelance Music Teacher. He plays the pipe organ at St John's Church on Sundays and he has been a regular speaker and active participant at the HWMF events. He says that his endeavour would be to "simplify these two complex topics for the music-loving audience of our twin cities.”
Due to space constraints around the organ console in the church, those of you keen to attend this event would need to register with the HWMF for this before 20th Sept. 2017. Free will offering may be made towards the upkeep of this 109 year old pipe organ.
More info:, Ph 9912201659

HWMF-music course - Start 2nd Sept.


Our introduction to music theory and vocal course is for EVERYONE who loves music and singing! Learn how to approach vocal learning systematically and how to move towards a healthy singing voice. Get familiar with the basic principles of vocal techniques like breathing, vocalizing and body posture. Acquire a basic music theoretical and practical understanding (notation reading, scales, rhythm, group-/solo-singing). After completion of the course you can join an advanced group.

Course/ 5 Saturdays:
Saturday, 2nd Sept. 2017 (Sept 2,9,16,23,30).
Timings: 2-3 pm
Venue: Alliance Française, Road no 3, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills
Course fee: 2400/- for 5 classes; incl. material
Teacher: Joe Koster

If interested, call 9912201659 or send your application/questions to

Concert with "Atma" - 23rd July @ Phoenix Arena

HWMF, Phoenix-Arena and Goethe-Zentrum are pleased to present:


“Atma” live in concert

23rd July, 7pm @ Phoenix Arena (lane next to Lemon Tree Hotel, HiTec-City)

Entry: Rs 150 – available on the concert evening at the venue.

Info: 7893656789


Muthu Kumar  tabla, composition

Grilli Pollheimer    drums, percussions, electronics

Patrick Dunst    saxophone, duduk, bass clarinet, composition 

Aman Mahajan  piano, keyboard  

Atma, translates as soul from sanskrit, and  best describes the approach of this ensemble to music. The musical output of these four exquisite musicians is a borderless interpretation of its name, and with ease fuses the musical styles indian classical, western classical and jazz. 

Atma was founded in August 2015 in Bangalore, India, starting in a uncommon trio setup consisting of two percussionists and a reed player. For the tour through India in July 2017, the trio has been extended to a quartet, adding the musical polyglot Aman Mahajan on piano. The musical heart of the ensemble is the Muthu Kumar, a Bangalore-based tabla virtuose, who is a student of Zakir Hussain and has during his career already shared the stage with Alice Coltrane and other jazz stars. Additional to his musical mastery he also contributes numerous compositions to the current program. 

Furthermore, the ensemble consists of Grilli Pollheimer, who is a well-acclaimed Austrian percussionist, who is classically trained and has enriched the Austrian scene in different contexts during the last ten years. Aman Mahajan has studied at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is one of the most promising Indian jazz musicians of his generation.  

The woodwind specialist Patrick Dunst, who has fused different music traditions with his ensembles Tribal Dialects and Tripod, is the second composer of this program and additionally lends the band his melodic voice.  Together these extraordinary musicians fuse compositions based on indian konnokol, and enriches them with western harmonies. The result is a homogenous music that sounds less complex than it is below the surface.


Muthu Kumar:

Patrick Dunst:

Grilli Pollheimer:

Aman Mahajan:  Atma:



Piano Recital by Anand Seshadri - 24th June 2017



Anand Seshadri, a Chennaite, is a passionate musician born in a non-musical family. Though being an engineering graduate with distinction, his intense passion and love for music always pushed him towards the goal of becoming a performer and a composer. His musical journey started with private lessons under Guitarist Thangadurai Samuel and he completed Grade 8 in Practical, Theory and then LTCL (Equivalent to Level 6 UK Honors degree) in 2010. He found his way to the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, where he completed Master of music in Piano Performance with distinction (Youngest to complete – at 21) under Pianists David Quigley and Katherine Lam. Having seen the development and passion of Anand, the head of Keyboard at the Conservatoire Mr. John Thwaites offered him a 2-year course in the Conservatoire with about 70 % scholarship since it was felt that his continuous studying at the Conservatoire will help him scale greater heights in the field of Music. However, unfortunately, he was not able to pursue the course owing to lack of financial support. But, with unstinted passion even in tough circumstances, he subsequently got into the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary. There he studied under professors Jeno Jando and Dr. David Ball, the only Indian so far to have achieved this distinction. During his time in Birmingham and Budapest he had masterclasses with Martin Jones, Martino Tirimo, Bernd Goetzke, Dina Yoffe and Tamas Ungar.In November 2016, Anand received a full Scholarship from the Ithaca College, United States to study under Charis Dimaras (past pupil of the prestigious Juilliard School). He made his US Concert debut on the 28th February. He has also performed in various cities across India – Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi and Goa.



World Music Day 2017 - Sunday 18th June - 10 venues



Joe Koster photo album - World Music Day 2017 impressions:


The Hindu - Vidyaranya

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle

Telangana T. – Phoenix Arena

Telangana T. – Saptaparni

Telangana T. – Rock Castle

Hans india



Non-stop-music from 10am til 10pm @ 10 venues

Start your musical journey coming Sunday early and meet us 10am at

Vidyaranya High School (opps. Secretariat; next to Hotel Anmol)

We, more than 30 musicians/singers, are ready with a delightful programme to entertain you from 10-12noon. We’ll cover Pop, Western Classical, Jazz, Hindi-Movie-songs….with the very best talents in town: voices, strings, clarinet, piano, guitar, flutes, recorders… (entry free):

·        - Elora Satya and Lionel -(voc/guit), Nicole Connolly (flute) Joe K. (piano)

·        - Yash Aggarwal (piano); 

      - Harsh Saraf (class. guit)

            Aditya Akkapeddi (voc/keyb), Vijay Raj (guit)

·         - Matthew Peter (piano)

·        - Deepika Uppuluri (voc), Vijay Raj (guit)

·        - Saachi Chennur (voc), Joe K. (piano)

        Hyderabad Youth Ensemble: Sarika Chennur (viol), Saachi Chennur (viol/voc), Niki Shukla (viol), Nicole Connolly Bhatia (voc/flute), Samyuktha Kasibathla (flute), Torita Chakravarty (clarinet), Kshitissh Bharadwaj (viol/rec), Khyati Bharedwaj (viol/rec), Aditya Bhansali (percussion)

·        - Dhreeti Vithlani (voc), Sudha Rachael (voc) and Mitchell Sheehan (piano)

Deccan Voices: Jasmine Clark, Zara Rachel Winfred, Deepika Uppuluri, Meghana Anand, Samhita Maha, Shikha Garg, Navya Chitarvu, Sirisha Panchavati, Arzoo Gupta, Elora Satya, Aparajita Gupta, Nicole Connolly Bhatia, Celsa Almeida, Siddharth Mani, Vijay Raj Saragundla, Murali Dharan Bashyam, Lionel Darsi, Dr. Aadi, Aditya Akkapeddi, Raghav Rao, Aditya Bhansali (percussion), Joe Koster (conductor/keyboard)

The Hindu – announcing World Music Day:


Workshops/masterclasses for piano and strings 6,7,8 June - by Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Workshops/masterclasses for piano/strings

run by Karl Luchmayer and Andrew Sherwood, international concert artists and professors at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The sessions will be in the format of a masterclass, where all participants will have the opportunity to: perform and be given advice by the teacher in front of the group; work with international concert artists Karl Luchmayer (piano) and Andrew Sherwood (strings); learn not only from their direct interaction with the teacher but also through observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful for those appearing for exams and for the forthcoming Hyderabad piano and string music festival/competition; perform in a concert on the final evening of the course.

VENUE: Musee Musical, opps. old airport, Begumpet Read more

Basic course theory and vocal - Start 20th May


         Our introduction to music theory and vocal course is for EVERYONE who loves music and singing! Learn how to approach vocal learning systematically and how to move towards a healthy singing voice. Get familiar with the basic principles of vocal techniques like breathing, vocalizing and body posture. Acquire a basic music theoretical and practical understanding (notation reading, scales, rhythm, group-/solo-singing). After completion of the course you might like to join an advanced group.

Course/ 5 Saturdays:                    Saturday, 20th May 2017 (May 20, 27 June 3, 10, 17).
Timings:                                            2-3 pm

Venue:                                               Alliance Française, Road no 3, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills
Course Fees:                                    2400/- for 5 classes; incl. material

Teacher:                                            Joe Koster 

Call 9912201659 or Send your application/questions to