Born in London in 1989, Leo was in touch with Indian music from childhood, being in a family of artist devoted to Indian culture and spirituality. Leo grew up taking part in his family theatre and musical productions. Later he undertook academic studies in Indology and Indian music, gaining and honours BA degree at the University of Bologna and a Master’s degree in Indian Music Performance at the SOAS University of London. He studied the technique of sitar and the practice of Indian classical improvisation from renowned master such as Pt. Avaneendra Sheolikar, Ust. Dharambir Singh and presently from Ust. Mehboob Nadeem. As a performer Leo has been working in a number of projects (Indialucia, Seven Eyes, Divine Symphony Orchestra, Ragamala project) and as a session musician for many more, touring extensively in Europe, North America, and also having performed in South America, Asia, and Africa.
Leo Vertunni is an anglo-italian sitar player. He performs extensively in Europe, tours regularly in the US and has also given concerts in Colombia, Benin, China and India. He is active as an Indian classical soloist, as well as a session musician in several fusion projects, such as: Indialucia, Ateetam and Seven Eyes.
Pt. Avaneendra Sheolikar initiated Leo Vertunni to the Imdadkhani style of playing sitar. He then furthered his training with Ust. Dharambir Sing. Leo also attended master classes with other exponents of the same gharānā, namely: Ust. Shahid Parvez and Ust. Irshad Khan. Currently, he is under the tutelage of Ust. Mehboob Nadeem.
Leo has a keen interest in the historical and theoretical aspects of the great tradition of Hindustani classical music, hence graduated in South Asian area studies (University of Bologna) and subsequently earned an MA in Music Performance at SOAS University of London.
Leo is a seasoned performer who has not only gained the technical command over the sitar, but also has absorbed the fine aesthetic nuances of Indian music, being able to present ragas in a very genuine and sincere way. His musical pallet includes virtusistic speed and intricacies, as well as deep and emotional melodic feel.
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