Sahil Vasudeva '08: piano's meditative rockstar
Econ major Sahil Vasudeva ‘08 went on to a banking career in NYC before returning home to India and pursuing a career in music. He is now releasing ‘Qinara,’ a contemporary classical piano album of his performances in India.
From an article published in “The Hindu”:
The Delhi-based pianist has been playing since the age of eight, but not until he was 25 did he pursue music full time. By then, his life had followed an unusual trajectory. His childhood in the Capital had been an unceasing round of music, theatre and sport culminating in a degree from Denison University, Ohio and a banker’s job in New York. But the music of the piano that he honed with Irina Biryukova and John Raphael at the Delhi School of Music was to be his calling.
“I had had enough of white picket fences and the American dream. I quit my job and returned to India to work in the development sector. Three years later it was the piano that won,” says Vasudeva in a phone interview, adding, “It has been a lonely journey as pursuing the arts independently is; more so, because of the nature of the instrument.”