With an impressive thirteen year music career behind him, creative pianist & composer, Utsav Lal has been dubbed the ‘Raga Pianist’ for his innovative handling of the Indian Classical music genre .This 22-year-old musician has won international acclaim for his performances at top venues & festivals including The Kennedy Centre-Washington DC, The National Concert Hall-Dublin, Southbank Centre-London, Konset Huset-Sweden,The Chambers-Singapore and many others.
Utsav Lal’s unfailing clarity of technique and his musical creativity draws from his advanced training in western classical, jazz and North Indian classical music and his style has been described by Novara Jazz festival Director Corrado Beldi as “illuminating grace.” Lal currently holds an ATCL Diploma with Distinction in classical piano from Trinity College of Music, London and an Honors Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow and he has studied at DIT Dublin,Ireland, Berklee College of Music-USA under some of the best concert pianists in the world. Lal’s Indian classical training is currently under the Dhrupad maestro Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar.
With four solo music albums available on a world wide distribution and several laurels including national & international recognition as Young Steinway Artist (2010), TiE-Aspire Young Indian Achiever Award (2012), Yamaha Jazz Scholar UK (2014), Limca Book of Records (2007). Associated Board of Royal School of Music London (ABRSM) scholar & Ireland’s MAMA Award (2008) for promotion of multiculturalism, Lal has performed extensively with solo concerts in India, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and in the European cities of UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands.
Utsav Lal has the honor of being the first musician to introduce the piano as an Indian Classical instrument at the 137th edition of Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, India’s oldest classical music festival and at the 35th annual edition of the prestigious Saptak Music Festival, Ahemdabad. He has been lauded for his workshops titled “Breaking Boundaries” and commendable collaborative work with Irish & Scottish musicians blending Indian, Jazz & Celtic music. Lal is also well known in particular for his exploratory project work on the world’s first ever Fluid Piano, invented by UK composer and inventor Geoff Smith on which he records a unique album in summer 2015. Currently,an active member on the Indian jazz music circuits since his return to India in Oct 2014, Lal is working in collaboration with several Delhi based bands. In upcoming projects,he performs at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall on April 4th 2015 in a unique vocal-piano jugalbandi concert and will be undertaking a more extensive USA tour in Sept-Oct 2015.