Roxana Anklesaria had initial musical training with Ms. Enid Roberts at the St. Cecilia’s School of Music, Pune. She then studied with Tehmie Gazdar and Farida Dubash in Mumbai. In 1985 she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada; studying piano with Mary Tickner.

On returning to India, Roxana established a private music studio in Pune where her students excelled at national competitions and examinations.  She performed in several Indian cities in solo-lecture and piano duet recitals and as a vocal accompanist and conducted piano masterclasses. 

Actively involved in the local and national musical scene, she served as  Secretary of the Poona Music Society.  An avid promoter of local and national talent, she organized Student Musicales and a Young Talent concert series. She was also founder and convener of  two very successful  All India Piano Festivals/Competitions in 1987 and 1990.  This was the only national level piano event in the country bringing together young students in a competitive yet interactive musical experience. 

Roxana represented Poona at the National Seminar for Western music societies and became founder member of the national Federation of Music Societies.

In 1993 Roxana represented India on the international piano jury panel at the Valentino Bucchi Piano Competition in Rome (Italy) and presented a paper  ‘Music and Nature’  in a lecture series held at the Parliament buildings in Rome. 

In 1993 Roxana established a private studio in Vancouver, Canada; teaching piano, music theory, harmony and history for the various examination systems.  Roxana regularly attends workshops and audits   masterclasses by visiting pedagogues.  She has also been a regular delegate at the National Piano Pedagogy Conferences and World Piano Pedagogy Conferences held in the USA.  In October 2006 and 2008, Roxana served on the international jury panel for the Conference’s first Most Wanted Pianists Competition in Atlanta, USA. 

In September 2010, Roxana was invited to be on the jury of the Concours Grieg (International Grieg Piano Competition), Oslo, Norway.

Roxana is a teaching member of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) in the United States and has attended the MTNA conventions since 2010.  Last March she was invited to present an international perspective on MusiQuest at the conference.

She is the only international member to be nominated on the board of the Frances Clark Pedagogy Center (publishers of the Clavier Companion magazine).

Roxana has also been active as an adjudicator for music festivals in Vancouver and  British Columbia and has presented masterclasses in India, Canada and Thailand.

Actively involved in promoting piano pedagogy and professional development to the Vancouver area teachers, Roxana has served as Program Convener for the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association (BCRMTA).  Additionally she was founder and convener of their annual International Piano Masterclass and Workshop Series bringing prominent pedagogues to the city for concerts, teacher  workshops and student masterclasses.  She was also founder Director of  the Vancouver International Piano Sessions. Roxana was recently invited to be the only international member on the advisory board of the Frances Clark  Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in the USA. 

In 2001 Roxana returned to India following marriage.  She established the Academy of Music; a multi piano teaching facility in Pune.  She teaches here with teaching assistants trained by her.  Roxana is the founder and convener of  MusiQuest. This very successful music festival brings together students from across the country to perform, interact and be adjudicated by an international adjudication panel. 

Roxana’s students have excelled in examinations,  won national and international piano competitions, performed at masterclasses, workshops, public recitals and studio showcases  and presented a series of successful annual studio recitals.  

Oriana Rodrigues is twenty seven years old and holds a Masterís degree in Business Administration from Ness Wadia College. She started piano lessons at age eleven and her former teachers include Veera Pooniwalla. She joined the Academy of Music in 2005 and studies with Roxana Anklesaria. Oriana also takes History classes at the Academy. She topped Mumbai in the ATCL Diploma Recital Exam in 2011 with a distinction and was awarded the John A. Gomes and the Dinshaw & Piroja Mistry prizes. Oriana was winner of the Advanced (Adult/Mature) division mainstream prize at MusiQuest 2015 and Ensemble winner in the Advanced division at MusiQuest 2013. She also participated in MusiQuest 2007, 2009, 2011 with gold, silver and bronze certifications. She has appeared in masterclasses with Raj Bhimani and Pervez Mody. Oriana joined the faculty of the Academy of Music in 2009 as a teaching assistant.

  ASSISTANT TEACHER - Geet Chaudhari
Geet Chaudhari is twenty six years old and a software engineer at Barclays Bank. He joined the Academy of Music in 2014, currently studies with Roxana Anklesaria and also takes Harmony and History classes at the Academy. Geet was winner of the Intermediate division (Adult/Mature) Own Composition prize at MusiQuest 2015. He has achieved a distinction score in the Trinity College of Music (London) grade four piano examination and successfully passed grade six piano. He was selected by Christopher Norton to perform his own composition The Flow at the Norton Festival gala concert in 2015. His hobbies are composing, cricket and outings. Geet is a faculty member at the Academy of Music since 2016.


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