Mumbai (India), 1963

Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, poet, academic researcher, theatre director and media artist [Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (B.Schaeffer), Musikhochschule München (W. Killmayer) and Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (IRCAM) in Paris (France)]. His compositions and comprovisations (including 6 operas) are regularly performed worldwide. Many of his works are evening-length multi-arts projects — in which he writes, directs, and conducts. He has founded, curated and directed new music festivals in Munich, Berlin and Karlsruhe, as well as long-term inter-traditional projects with Asian musicians and prominent European ensembles [Ensemble Modern, Nieuw Ensemble, Klangforum Wien etc.]. He is a prolific writer on music and artistic research, mostly for German radio and magazines, but also for academic journals and books.

A Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Concordia University from 2006-2016, he also was Professor at Karlsruhe Music University, Composer-in-Residence/Fellow/Guest Professor at IRCAM, ZKM, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University, University of Arts Berlin and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. At Concordia, he currently directs matralab, a research/ creation center for performing arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, trans-traditional aesthetics, gestural & sonic theatre and situative, non-visual scores and the role of music in decolonialism and climate change issues. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia. Since 2013, he also is the artistic co-director and conductor of Ensemble Extrakte Berlin and, in 2015, he founded the first Indian ensemble for experimental music «Sangeet Prayog» in Pune.