Brian Q. Silver (sitar),
after graduating from Harvard College
in 1964, went to India under a Fulbright grant to learn sitar with the late Ustad Ghulamhusain Khan of the Indore Gharana (musical tradition).He returned to the U.S. in 1966, continuing his study in subsequent visits to his teacher in India, and has since appeared in concert and in radio and television broadcasts in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Europe, Great Britain, Canada, Central and South America, and throughout the United States.
In 1988 he
was awarded the honorary title "Khan Sahib" by the All Pakistan Music Conference, and was given that organization's 1989 gold medal for performance.In 1991, 1996, and 2004, he
was recognized for his
sitar artistry by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts
.He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has taught Urdu language and literature, Indian music, South Asian culture, and world and contemporary American music at the University of Minnesota, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Duke University, and most recently at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.He
has also lectured at a wide range of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has written in a variety of forms, on South Asian, Iranian, and Middle Eastern music and musical culture.Most recently, he
appeared in a minor acting role in, and composed and performed original incidental music for, the Washington Shakespeare Theatre's production of Love's Labor's Lost, which will be presented at the Royal Shakespeare Company
in Stratford-Upon-Avon in August 2006. Brian is currently Chief of the Voice of America's Urdu Service in Washington.He is also founder and Executive Director of International Music Associates (established in 1982), whose clients have included Independent Broadcasting Associates, for which he served as senior music consultant for two major award-winning NPR series-the ten-part "World of Islam", and the ten-part "Passages to India"; the New York Public Library and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as curator for the major Festival of India exhibition, "India: The Performing Arts"; the television series "Smithsonian World", for which he did the soundtrack for the PBS television film, "Islam"; a variety of recording companies; and the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.