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Meet Kabir Adhiya-Kumar, Drummer & Special Music School Senior


Kabir Adhiya-Kumar is a 17-year-old drummer from Washington Heights. In a few weeks, he will graduate from Special Music School High School.

Kabir’s musical roots are in rock and roll. He remembers running home every day after school as a child, so that he could play along with Led Zeppelin records!  

Kaufman Music Center has broadened Kabir’s musical horizons. As a freshman at SMS, he played John Cage’s Living Room Music for his first school concert. Kabir says: “This was a magical experience, which helped me fall in love with the musical process at Special Music School.” He is also a key member of the SMS Jazz Ensemble, and a member of the new music ensemble Face the Music.

Kabir aspires to become a professional drummer, and he is well on his way to fulfilling his dream. Next year, Kabir will attend New England Conservatory. We couldn’t be prouder of his success, and know we’ll hear him on an album very soon! 

2018 Kaufman Music Center Gala

Kaufman Music Center's Gala on May 14 honors Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos and  features performances by flute legends Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway and opera superstar Ailyn Pérez! Get details and tickets.