Harpreet Bansal, Violin

Harpreet Bansal, born in Oslo 1980, was trained from childhood in western classical music and by her father, Harbhajan S. Bansal, in Indian classical music.  In 1999 she began her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NAM) with professors Ørnulf Boye Hansen and Harald Aadland.  After graduating in 2003, Harpreet subsequently was accepted as a student of Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan Poonchwalas, one of his generation´s most prominent sitar players, who has since been her main tutor. She has also had long periods under the supervision of Dr. L. Subramaniam, today´s premier Indian violinist.  For several years Harpreet focused mainly on classical Indian music performance and freelancing before returning to the NAM in 2007 for her master´s degree in performance and research, where she is currently based.  Harpreet has collaborated with some of Indian music´s finest performers, such as Ustad Sharif Khan, Tariq Khan, Sukhvinder Singh Namdari, Shabaz Hossein, and Rafaqat Ali Khan.  Always interested in expanding her range of expression, she has worked with some of Norway´s foremost musicians in the folk and jazz genres, such as Unni Løvlid, Poing, The Source, Per Oddvar Johansen, Stian Carstensen, Nils Olav Johansen, Ingebjørg Bratland, Steinar Ofsdal, and Morten Halle.

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