It was my honor and privilege to study for almost 40 years with one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century: Ustad (Maestro) Ali Akbar Khan. He was a true “guru” in that he transmitted more than just the technical elements of the music. The music he taught came alive within me, so that over time I came to realize that I had learned and absorbed far more than I was conscious of at the moment of learning. Khansahib, as we called him, was a link to the oral tradition of living ragas, and I am fortunate to feel that life, his precious gift, when I perform.


DAVID TRASOFF is a senior disciple of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan. David was privileged to have studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music with his guru since 1973. Acclaimed for his performance in both the United States and India, David has appeared in concert in arts centers, universities, conservatories, and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has made numerous performing tours in India.

In 2012 David became the first Western performer of Indian classical music to be appointed as the Gordhain Patel Visiting Distinguished Professor of Indian Music Studies at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

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David has performed and recorded with many of the most distinguished tabla artists in Hindustani classical music, including: Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Nayan Ghosh and Yogesh Samsi. A partial list of the venues at which he has given recitals in the past 25 years includes:

Ravi Shankar Music Circle Los Angeles,
Bodemuseum   Berlin. Germany
Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, India
Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata, India
Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata, India
Mandapa Centre Paris, France
National University of Music (UNAM) Mexico City, Mexico
Consulate of the United States Kolkata, India
Maritime Hall San Francisco, California
House of Blues Los Angeles, California
The Zee Network (Asia-wide satellite TV) Mumbai, India
International Conference on Indian Music and The World Mumbai, India
International Symposium on Musical Acoustics  Tokyo, Japan
Indian Academy of Fine Arts Singapore
Muzikacademie Basel Basel, Switzerland
University of California San Diego
University of California Santa Barbara, California
World Music Institute New York
World Music Festival California Institute of the Arts
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture Kolkata, India
Nehru Centre Mumbai, India
National Center for the Performing Arts Mumbai, India
India International Centre New Delhi, India
Birla Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata, India
Sangit Mahabharati Mumbai, India
Muziekschool Amsterdam Amsterdam, The Netherlands
World Affairs Conference University of Colorado, Boulder

Classical Indian Music Recordings

Ragas For A Winter Moon   2010   Ragas for a Winter Moon, Rag Hemant, Rag Gorakh Kalyan
             David Trasoff – sarod, Abhiman Kaushal - tabla
             Recorded live in concert at The Music Circle, Los Angeles.
             Published by Lila Vihun Music

When Words Disappear   1991   When Words Disappear, Ragas Puria Kalyan, Jaijaiwanti, and Kirwani
             David Trasoff - sarod, Zakir Hussain - tabla
             Studio recording, published by Lila Vihun Music

David Trasoff - Performances

David Trasoff - Performances

David Trasoff - Performances