ABRAHAM MAZUMDER ( Principal / Conductor )
The leading Indian Conductor and pedagogue as well as a distinguished violinist/ violist, Principal and founder of Kolkata Music Academy. He is a well-known personality in Kolkata’s Western Classical Music world for last 35 years. Abraham was initiated into Western Classical Music during his school days in the Oxford Mission, Kolkata way back in 1970s under the guidance of his teacher, Father Theodore Mathieson, who was a British cellist. For Abraham this soon developed into a passion – a passion that never waned over the years. His talent and dedication duly earned him recognition and distinction from Trinity College of Music, London as he earned ATCL and LTCL in violin and came first in Asia.
Abraham Mazumder joined Calcutta Boys School (1976), and then went on to La Martiniere for Boys (1983) where he worked for 25 years as a Music teacher, Choir Master and Orchestral head. He formed his own Classical Orchestra at the premises of L’Alliance Francaise de Calcutta (Park Mansion), L’Atelier de Musique in 1983,(Now christened Kolkata Music Academy Chamber Orchestra) which has successfully groomed more than a thousand youngsters till date. He was also associated with Calcutta School of Music for many years. In Kolkta the celebration of World Music Day /Fete De la Musique introduced by him only in the year 1984. KMA orchestra has given several outstanding performances in different prestigious venues.
In 2008, after resigning from La Martiniere for Boys, Abraham has formed ‘Kolkata Music Academy’ for music education mainly to promote Western Classical music in a wider form for the privileged and unprivileged children of the City, which was inaugurated by Russi. H. Mody on 28th March, 2009. His latest creative endeavor is Tagore in Symphony, a venture juxtaposing Tagore's song with the influence of European Great Masters. The concert Tagore in Symphony was premiered in Kolkata in November 2007 with a 78-member symphony orchestra, which was scored, composed and directed by Abraham himself.
In early 1976, Abraham met Goutam Chatterjee, the legendary singer-songwriter and became closely associated with his music to form ‘Mohiner Ghoraguli’, India’s first rock band of which Abraham was a founder-member. Again after 30 years, the last tribute concert of Mohiner Ghoraguli at Nicco Park on January 5, 2008 saw an unprecedented outburst of more than 20,000 enthusiasts, who bore witness to the first historic concert in Kolkata along with a 100 member Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Mazumder. In April 2012 he was invited by Munich Philharmponic Orchestra, Germany to conduct ‘Tagore in Symphony’ along with compositions by Great Masters of European Classical Music with their Philharmonic orchestra and performed in their festival.
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