Mohamed Assani is a celebrated sitar player and music creator, known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition. He has brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of his instrument. Mohamed has performed Hindustani classical music as well as his own original music across the globe — with orchestras, string quartets, hip hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, Indian & Pakistani classical artists — and as a soloist. According to The Georgia Straight, “Assani is both a musician who’s deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of South Asia and a one-of-a-kind innovator.”
His most recent project has been co-composing a concerto for sitar and orchestra alongside composer John Oliver. This was premiered by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in November 2017. The piece was hailed as a “spectacular success” and “a triumph” by Musicworks Magazine.
In addition to his composition and performance work, Mohamed is a passionate and sought-out educator with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Music Education. He has designed and taught world music courses at the University of Huddersfield in England, including teaching teachers how to effectively take world music into the classroom. During his extensive career, Mohamed has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the BRIT School of Performing Arts in London, England. He currently teaches Indian Music at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and tours extensively in BC schools as part of the ArtStarts Artist in Schools program. He has inspired students of all ages in their musical journeys.