Sameer Ramchandran

Composer and pianist Sameer Ramchandran has performed throughout North America in ensembles and solo performances. In conjunction with Encompass New Opera Theatre, his works for theatre have been workshopped at Manhattan School of Music’s annual event, New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage in association with Opera Index. Ramchandran has provided music for on-line video branding content for a number of companies, including Proofpoint and Communities in Schools. Combining the seemingly disparate elements of comedy and film noir, he provided the music for a pilot episode for the web series Pet Peeves that was produced for the Microsoft Network. He also has provided musical scores for independent and short films.
His past projects include the CD Roundabout with his jazz piano trio, released on Roverbird Recordings. About the CD, Jim Santella of Jazz Improv magazine proclaimed it a “stellar session” and that Ramchandran “delivers the music effortlessly.” Jerry D’Souza of All About Jazz wrote that “there are a lot of good things going on here” and that it was “time to sit up and take notice of this trio.” Jason Bivins of Cadence magazine described Ramchandran as “a young player bubbling with energy, whose largely lyrical ideas seem perfectly suited to his colleagues’ freedoms.”
His music has been heard in radio broadcasts across the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. He has also had entire concert programs devoted to his chamber and vocal music. His Dialogue for violin and piano was performed by Santa Barbara’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music. Ramchandran formed Roverbird Music to serve as an outlet for various musical ventures pertaining to jazz and new music. He is the winner of the Sherryll C. Corwin Metropolitan Theatres Awards in music composition for two consecutive years; the first year in the large ensemble category and the second year in the vocal category. He also maintains a private studio where he has taught piano for a number of years. He received a MA in music composition form the University of California at Santa Barbara where he taught music theory, and he studied music and English at Colgate University. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Rutgers.