Vasudevan Panicker (Vasu) is Director of Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center, the nation’s only youth orchestra program dedicated to performing works by living composers. As a born-and-raised New Yorker from Manhattan, Vasu attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia high school for piano performance, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, and City University of New York (B.S., Contemporary Music Studies). After serving as Face the Music’s first intern and, later, as Managing Director, he lived in Germany and Argentina for eight months. While living abroad, he reached C.1-level in German from the Goethe-Institut; he also acquired conversational fluency in Spanish.
In 2016, he returned home to New York to lead Face the Music. Additionally, he teaches a course in artistic entrepreneurship at Special Music School High School (P.S. 859) at Kaufman Music Center. Now living in Brooklyn, Vasu loves coffee, fashion, technology, design and combining his interest in social sciences with his commitment to music education. He hopes to guide students in defining both their own life-missions and the part that music will play in their lives, in service of building a better society through the arts.