Divesh Karamchandani is a San Francisco based percussionist and educator performing regularly in chamber and large orchestral projects throughout the Greater Bay Area. Karamchandani is the Principal Percussionist of Opera Modesto and One Found Sound, a San Francisco conductorless chamber orchestra. He regularly performs with Stockton Symphony, After Everything new music ensemble and the Academy Orchestra. Karamchandani’s other notable performances include the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.
Karamchandani is an advocate of contemporary music and seeks to champion works by diverse composers. He is co-founder of Prism Percussion, a duo that explores the expressive colors of percussive sounds by underrepresented composers. Through his involvement with Prism Percussion, as well as his solo ventures, Karamchandani has been a participant of many commissioning consortiums. He is also a board member of the New Works Project.
Karamchandani is a percussion coach with the San Francisco Symphony’s Music and Mentors program providing weekly group lessons for music students in San Francisco public schools. He teaches privately at the Mid-Peninsula Music Academy and The Den Collective. He is also on faculty at West Valley College. Karamchandani is a Marimba One Educational Artist.
Karamchandani graduated in 2012 from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Music Education. In 2014, he graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance. He studied under the tutelage of Jack Van Geem, Jacob Nissly, James Lee Wyatt III, Chris Woodham and Allen Brown.