The Berklee Indian Ensemble

200 million hits. Musicians from 51 countries. Indian music in all its forms. 

What started out as a class at Berklee College of Music in 2011, has become one of the hippest new global acts to emerge from Boston: The Berklee Indian Ensemble. Founded by Indian Berklee alumna and faculty member Annette Philip, the Ensemble provides an open and inclusive creative space for musicians from all over the world to explore, study, interpret, and create music influenced by the rich and varied mosaic that is Indian music today. 

With high profile collaborations featuring iconic artists, A.R. Rahman, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Prakash, and Clinton Cerejo, the Berklee Indian Ensemble is world renowned for its global Indian sound that honors traditions while boldly experimenting with cross pollination of genres, cultures, and multidisciplinary art forms. From a Carnatic thillana or a high-adrenaline konnakol conversation to Indo-jazz experiments or qawwali, the Ensemble performs an expansive repertoire, in addition to having premiered 20 original student compositions till date. 

A viral sensation with over 200 million views, accounting for 51% of Berklee's total YouTube views, the Ensemble was in such high demand globally that a professional touring entity was created that has headlined international music festivals, and consistently staged sold-out productions with LED (Live Experience Design) and cutting edge technology partners (Intel, Google Tilt Brush), providing students with real-world experiences, a close-knit community, and personal mentorship.

The Berklee Indian Ensemble was also the driving force behind the idea of Berklee India Exchange (BIX), an institute at Berklee that serves as a platform, conduit, and incubator for Indian art and culture through concerts, high profile artist residencies, original content, tours, workshops, and scholarships leading to advancement opportunities for Berklee artists around the world. Funded solely by philanthropy, BIX has become home to artists from all over the world; becoming an influencer and thought leader in the ever evolving global music industry.

Stick figure drawing of the Ensemble
from left to right:
Aleif Hamdan, Thomas Debelian, Shai Portugaly, Yoel Genin, Annette Philip, Rohith Jayaraman, Harshitha Krishnan, Layth Sidiq, Yogev Gabay, Giri Subramaniam & Guy Bernfeld
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Let's take a trip down memory lane...
2011
Berklee Indian Ensemble 2011

The Berklee Indian Ensemble was founded in 2011 by Annette Philip as a vocal ensemble at Berklee College of Music.

2014 was the year of the A.R. Rahman tribute concert and honorary doctorate ceremony hosted at Berklee College of Music.

It was also the year the Berklee Indian Ensemble went viral and remains a huge milestone in our history.

Berklee Indian Ensemble 2014
2014
2018
Berklee Indian Ensemble 2018

First time the future Berklee Indian Ensemble pro band gets together to play outside of the classroom to make music, record, and tour! 

The Berklee Indian Ensemble officially decides to go pro, independent of the classroom format, though still as a Berklee ambassador to the world. Grammys, world tours and stadium shows, here we come!

Berklee Indian Ensemble Logo
2021
The collective
Meet the extended Berklee Indian Ensemble family - all of our alumni, who have, even in the smallest ways, contributed to what we are today!
Desmond Jr. Scaife
Carlotta Amato
David Jr. Stewart
Germaine Wilson
Gayathri Krishnan
Fares Mohammad Abdullah Btoush
Beven Elankumaran
Anahí Chicaiza
Brooke Wilder
Alexandria Pierre Etienne
Elsa Filippa Larsdotter Olterman
Anton Ariki Sten
Ganesh Balasubramaniam
Bengisu Gokce
Agney Mulay
Avinash Shukla
Gerson Eguiguren Martinez
Caitlynn Savari
Annalisa Lombardo
Andrew Thomas Bathory
Alexia Riner
Cheng Lu
Apoorva Krishna
Cristobal Cruz-Garcia
Faye Wellman
Aakash Sridhar
Gaya Menon
Frank DeRosa
Anne Caroline Santos Da Silva (Negah)
Alexander Gable
Aarya Ganesan
Daniel Feldman
Chantal Tribble
Aditya Srinivasan MT
Aaria Manchanda
Ahmad El Haggar
Edmar Colon Gierbolini
Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Ava Dudani
Alison Rapetti
Enat Ventura
Avanti Nagral
Cimone Rajan
Balarko Banerjee
Amogh Agarwal
Dhruv Goel
Ashwin Shenoy
Achal Murthy
Aashna Gupta
Bharathi Palivela
Elizabeth Rachael Wambura Mitaru
Emily Fehler
Firas Zreik
Abigail Hickman
Eleni Arapoglou
Christopher Kazarian
Gretchen Schadebrodt
Emily Gelineau
Claire Goh
Dan Lee
Danny Godwin
Enya Lim
Andrea Charalambous
Aseem Suri
Amira Gill
Ester Wiesnerova
Ellen Story
Deepak Edakkattil Gopinath
Emanuel Keller
Bhrigu Sahni
Andrew Hlynsky
Debo Ray
Ganavya Doraiswamy
Elin Sandberg
Antoine Gaspard Beux
Emily Shibata
George Crotty
Amir Darabi
Adrienne Provost
Anoushka Kotak
Christian J. Nicewicz
Anna Talpe
Blake Johnston
Billy	Yeung
Abhi Acharya
Christiana Bailey
Gilbert Mansour
Daniel Gonzalez
Aleksandra Denda
Anna Stromer
Colin Jenkins
Arantza Vázquez Orozco
Belyana Hristova
Francisco Javier Ruiz
Armeen Musa
Ali Amr
Eren Başbuğ
Fryderyk Hoang Dong
Gokul Ramdas
Callie Benjamin
Lydia Luce
Ishita Sinha
Priyant Sundas
Ron Warburg
Malavika Das
Kiran Mani
Kenan Serenbetz
Maria Marta Rainoldi
Itai Meshorer
Luis Celis
Jonathan Lee
Houston Smith
Richa Saran
Nullin Hasan
Malwina Masternak
Marta Roma
Laura Jorgensen
Sanjana Raja
Ranajoy Das
Jeremy Matticks
Muheet Bharti
Pia Salvia
James Heazlewood-Dale
Lydian Almaguer
McKain Webb-Lakey
Or Oren
Hyo Jin An
Naseem Alatrash
Lia Donovan
Rocio Mejia
Imran Hossain
Nerya Zidon
Natalia Muniz
Juliana Davis
Salil Sanjaykumar Bhayani
Kaushlesh "Garry" Purohit
Sanchitha Wickremesooriya
Lydia Sri Renold
Jack Schwenke
Lior Tzemach
Janani Suresh
Jasna Duran Gara
Inna Dudukina
Martin Guas
Regina Crisosto-Jequier
Ronojit Chaliha
Jacinta Clusellas
Kevin Doucette
Juana Catalina Aquerreta
Matilda Fenton
Harini Srinivasa Raghavan
Nicolás Eduardo Emden Hortal
Katyayani Krishnan
Moana Avvenenti
Hirokazu Suyama
Laura Crespo
Kanika Patawari
Nalini Krishnan
Jacy Anderson
Priya Mani
Sanjeeta	Bhattacharya
Lauren Worley
Robert Mac Vega-Dowda
Meghna Rajaram
Kathleen Chen
Noa Kahn
Noemie Legrand
Josh Shpak
Joe Karakatsanis
Rishabh Dev Sharma
Samuel Morrison
Julia Price
Janani Sharma
Katelyn Marshall
Maxime Cholley
Lyusi Simon
Maria Mendez
Nathan Jakes
Karan Pandav
Kabir Uppal
Karenly Nieves
Natalie Cecchini
Harini Iyer
Sahana Simha
Maria Juliana Ponton
Ram Balasubramaniam
Paola Munda
Nipun Bhatnagar
Luis D'Elias
Levin Valayil
Nadav Ben-Ozer
Patrick Simard
Joao Perrusi
Kabir Hirnandani
Medha Nair
Maria Lineva
Rachel Singh
John Michael Bradford
Joakim Molander
Juliana De Albuquerque Paiva
Tanya Dutt
Srishti Biyani
Veronika Morscher
Trinayan Baruah
Trupti Deepak Pandkar
Yusif Ebraheem
Vikramaditya Bam
Stephen Raman
Sterling Sherman
Sumeet Sarkar
Shilpa Ananth Narayanan
Tania Mesa
Tiffany Wilson
Swara Swami
Sara Cristal Peña Coffin
Taiga Kunii
Tasha Abbott
Yoshie Nakayama
Sharon Renold
Vidushi Goyal
Taylor Kelly
Tamara Quaddoumi
Shachar Ziv
Timothy Yue-Hung Chiu
Simon Moullier
So Young Park
Yair Amster
Yotam Ishay
Sashank Navaladi
Takafumi Nikaido
Tyler Randall
Shrivant Singh
Vasuda Sharma
Yuval Sorkin
Zoya Mohan
Yangzhi Zhou
Shao Chia Lee
Virginia Garcia Alves
Sylvester DuBenion
Zaid Tabani
Thara Dhishay Ramamurthy
Shradha Ganesh
Yuwei Michael Wang
Yazhi Guo
Tuuli Ikonen
Yaevin Lee
Snehal Pandey
Utar Artun
William T. Wignall
Vasundhara Gupta
Thorleifur Gaukur Davidsson
Shwetaank Gupta
Tancredi Lo Cigno
Tasha Solomita
Sudheep Menon
Travis Forencich
Tareq Rantisi
Vasilis Kostas
Shubh Saran
Viraj Bahri
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