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Fareed Curmally

Born in a prosperous Bombay family of doctors, musicians and intellectuals, polymath Fareed Curmally is at home everywhere he goes. His sparkling career began as piano accompanist to the Vienna Opera Stars right after he graduated summa cum laude in his Bachelor of Medicine degree from Bombay's prestigious Grant Medical College, where his grandfather once sat as Dean. He went on to perfect his skills as a physician in India, and in the United Kingdom where he worked in specialised areas paving the way for his involvement in AIDS and HIV (ID) returning to pioneer this both in the drug industry and hospital care. For a while he worked with GlaxoSmithKline, Prince Aly Khan and the Breach Candy hospitals. Apart from a private clinical practise and work in counselling and music therapy, Fareed still finds the time to teach and lecture in both areas of his experience, medicine and music. He pursued his diploma acquiring the licensorship of the Royal Schools of Music, London just a year before gaining admission to medical college. This doesn't mean that he gave up his music career at all, but continued them both pari passu. Four years ago his excellence in music was celebrated at his 50th birthday concert held at the prestigious Royal Bombay Yacht Club where he was joined by international colleagues, musicians and singers. He has had experience as an accompanist, conductor, chamber musician and with various operas staged by the Neemrana Music Foundation. He has had a 12 year partnership with Chantelle De Salaberry all over France, Belgium, Poland and India. When he announced his formal retirement from the performance stage, he has been devoting his time to mentoring the younger musicians. He has received several awards, including the two Chopin prizes given by the Sangeet Abhinay Academy and the Sir Adrian Boult Cup.