From Shivpreet Singh
Shivpreet Singh, 10th direct descendant of celebrated 17th century Sikh Poet Bhai Nandlal 'Goya', is a pioneer in fusion Sikh Kirtan music based in California. His media productions bring together melodic intricacies of Indian classical music, instrumentation and harmonic elements of Western music, contemporary musicians from around the world, age-old philosophy and poetry of Sikh, Sufi and Bhakti traditions.
Shivpreet was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in March 1975. He grew up in South Delhi, India and went to Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, in India where he topped his class in 10th grade. He studied English, Sanskrit, Hindi, and Punjabi since his formative years. He was a prodigy in music growing up and was honored by the former Indian President Giani Zail Singh at age 15 for his inaugural bansuri performance.
Shivpreet was trained in Indian classical music since the age of 5 years from Indian shehnai and bansuri legend Mastreo Pandit Raghunath Prasanna of the Banaras Gharana. He is one of the rare Western musicians trained in Indian Classical music under the traditional 'Guru Shishya Parampara'. This tradition has been passed on for several centuries in India through an oral tradition. In 1991,
Shivpreet moved to San Francisco Bay Area and completed his high school at Silver Creek High School San Jose, California where he was valedictorian of his class in 1992. He continued to attain a degree in music composition and musicianship at University of California, Berkeley in 1996. He did that while getting a Biochemistry degree from the same University.
Shivpreet's first CD, “Ardaas” was launched in the US in 1997 by EMI making Shivpreet the first South Asian musician to land a major record deal. Shivpreet continues to do research on Indian classical music ragas and is a popular niche blogger on Ragas. The melodic variant components of his music rely primarily on his significant vast knowledge about conveying specific emotions through melody cascading specific Raags. Shivpreet is a multi-instrumentalist and sings, and plays several instruments Piano, Harmonium, and the Bansuri especially well. He has performed in worldwide locales in America and South Asia. He has performed alongside doyens of South Asian music like Ghulam Ali and Rashid Khan.
Not just an accomplished composer, philosopher and poet, Shivpreet is a accomplished professional, and father of three kids. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He was one of the leading equity research analysts in the US and covered the Biotechnology sector and was rated among the top three biotechnology analysts by Forbes in the US. His opinion on the US Biotechnology sector has been widely quoted in leading US media including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Barron’s Guide. He currently works as Vice President at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and heads the company’s Strategy and Investment Relations.