After earning a bachelor's degree in jazz piano from the renowned William Paterson University jazz program, Andrew Shantz became immersed in the world of Hindustani classical music when he traveled to Kolkata, India in 2008. He was initiated into Hindustani vocal music there, by Smt. Madhumita Saha. Currently, Andrew studies pure classical khayal under Sanjoy Banerjee and light-classical styles under his Guruma, Madhumita-ji. He also receives special guidance and training from tabla maestro Pt. Samar Saha. Andrew has made four trips to India for vocal studies and has continued to learn rigorously from Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee in the US. On his most recent trip Andrew gave his debut performances in Kolkata as a soloist. He is the recipient of several scholarships - including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship - and other honors such as first place in the adult vocal category of the 2017 Marathi Vishwa classical music competition. He is also a member of Brooklyn Raga Massive since its inception. Andrew teaches Hindustani vocal in Denville, Jersey City, and Somerset, NJ.