Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy, Adjunct Faculty - Music Department

Acclaimed an “international mridangam performer” by USA Today and “pride of India” by India's leading newspaper, The Times of India, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy is considered a musical ambassador.

Having initially received mridangam training with Damodaran Srinivasan over the telephone in the U.S., Rohan continued his advanced training from maestro, Guruvayur Dorai, in India.

Rohan has performed hundreds of concerts internationally since the age of nine as a distinguished soloist and collaborator in diverse music and dance ensembles.

Rohan has shared the stage with the leading artists of Indian classical music. He has spearheaded new cross-musical collaborations with eminent symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, and musicians including Grammy Award-winners Glen Velez and Vishwa.

A highly-acclaimed educator, Rohan has presented Indian percussion institutes and summer camps, clinics, workshops, and master classes, and academic courses at world-renowned institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, MIT, Berklee College of Music, Duke, and Institute of Design (India).

Rohan is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including USA Today’s “All-College Academic Second Team.” He was named an Indian Raga Fellow in 2013.

An innovator, Rohan designed a new drumhead tuning system that won him first place in Eastman’s New Venture Challenge entrepreneurship competition. His work resulted in a publication in the premier music journal, Percussive Notes, and he also received a patent for his invention. 

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and based out of San Francisco, Rohan holds bachelor’s degrees in music and chemistry from Kalamazoo College, as well as a master’s degree in musicology and ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. in musicology all from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.