A multi-percussionist composer, performer
founder of Svun Sounds
Rishiraj Kulkarni is a multi-percussionist musician based in The Netherlands and India, graduated with Honours in Music from Middlesex University, London (U.K.) specialising in Indian classical music, western classical music, and audio technology. He also holds a Diploma in Music from KM Music Conservatory, Chennai (T.N., India) founded by Oscar award winner, A.R. Rahman where he was awarded as the best Hindustani music performer of the year 2014 — 15.
His primary instrument being the tabla, which he has been playing for over 16 years, he has received incalculable guidance in his musical career from Ustad Zakir Hussain and continues his musical journey in the world of tabla as a disciple of Pandit Yogesh Samsi. He also plays the handpan, steel tongue drum, Maschine (hardware/software DAW), marimba, xylophone, and vibraphone to name a few. Since 2012 he has collaborated and performed with artists from various art forms such as illustrators, painters, thespians, poets, singers, ballet dancers, western classical orchestras and Indian classical musicians, performing across Europe and India.
Rishiraj has two independent albums to his name “Home” (July 2021) and "The Woods" (February 2023) which is available across all streaming platforms. He has composed, performed and recorded the entire album by himself amalgamating the sounds from the tabla, Rav Vast, Maschine and the sounds of nature.
In 2021, Rishiraj founded Svun Sounds, with a passion of introducing unique musical instruments from across the globe and collaborating directly with the independent makers who handcraft their instruments.