Shantanu Patel, is an aspiring concert pianist from Ahmedabad, India. Though he started playing the piano at a later age of 17, Shantanu has had his training in Western Classical theory and digital keyboard from the age of 12. He began his journey as a classical pianist after joining KM Music Conservatory Chennai, founded by the Oscar Award winning film composer Dr. A.R. Rahman in 2011, where he learnt piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Adam Greig and completed his first three years of BA(Hons) Music. Under the transfer programme affiliated with Middlesex University, he went on to complete his fourth year in London and graduated with BA(Hons) Music specialising in piano performance in 2015. At Middlesex University he learnt piano under Professor Laura O'Gorman. In the same year, he was offered a place for Masters in Music at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a partial scholarship. At RCS, he learnt piano under Professor Fali Pavri and conducting under Nigel Bodice, Alasdair Mitchell, Norman Beedie and graduated with a MMus specialising in advanced piano performance and conducting skills in July 2017.
As a concert pianist, Shantanu made his debut concerto performance with the London Firebird Symphony Orchestra in 2015, playing Mozart's Concerto in D minor K466 with his own composed cadenzas combining Indian classical elements. Since then he has performed extensively in the UK. Currently he is performing and providing masterclasses/ workshops across India before returning back to Scotland for a Doctoral in performance from RCS in a few years.