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Raashi Kulkarni is a Los Angeles-based pianist and composer. A graduate from University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program (Thornton School of Music), Raashi specializes in music composition for visual media. At USC, she was the recipient of the Joe and Alice Harnell Scholar Award for Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Prior to USC, Raashi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Music from The George Washington University, where she was a Presidential Arts Scholar and recipient of the Barry Manilow Prize in Music.
At age seven, Raashi began taking piano lessons and composing shortly thereafter. At age nine, she took up flute. At ten, Raashi arranged and performed the background score to her school play. What had started in lessons and recitals turned into collaborations and notable performances as her passion for music grew. Throughout her middle and high school years, Raashi won several music competitions in piano and flute. While in college in Washington, D.C., Raashi performed for various special events, including GW’s Freshman Convocation, an inaugural ball welcoming President Obama, and as the official pianist for the Egyptian Ambassador. After graduation, she continued composing and performing while working full-time.
In the past five years, Raashi has performed in concert tours across the globe with several prominent artists from the United States and India, including world-renowned Bollywood composers, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Patriot Center, Smithsonian Museum, Warner Theatre, Kodak Hall, and more. Her YouTube piano covers, which are arranged solely by ear, have been recognized by iHeartRadio, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Capitol Records (as part of Beck’s successful GRAMMY campaign), YouTube India, and Pharrell Williams’ partnership with The United Nations Foundation.
The driving force in her career, that early interest in composing continues to bring new opportunities to hear Raashi’s music on a variety of screens. She has scored several promotional videos, short films, and an independent film showcased in the Slamdance and D.C. International Film Festivals.
Raashi enjoys her free time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling, eating anything chocolate, and doing bhangra.
oe and Alice Harnell Scholar Award for Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (USC)
Barry Manilow Endowed Prize in Music (George Washington University)