Frazan Adil Kotwal

Frazan Adil Kotwal was born in Mumbai, India. From 2011, he studied mass media and journalism at Jaihind College in Mumbai, where he graduated in 2015. During his study, he also appeared in various theater productions throughout India and worked as a freelance journalist. From 2011, Frazan Adil Kotwal initiated classical music projects for slum children in Mumbai. In addition, he also organized youth music groups for the understanding and learning of classical music. He founded the “Musikkreis Gruppe” at the Goethe Institut in Mumbai and Pune.

He pursued his training as a singer mostly teaching himself via the internet. The young baritone has performed in private concerts in Mumbai, New York, London, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai and Banglore. He has received scholarships for participating in international music festivals such as the Alpenkammermuskfestival in Austria 2015 and The Art Song Preservation Society in New York 2017. In 2016, he participated in a masterclass with Benjamin Appl in Mumbai and in master classes with Randall Scarlatta, Giuseppe Filianotti, Thomas Grubb, Frank Daykin in the USA in 2017 and 2018 at the Liedakademie in Trossingen with Anne Le Bozec, Axel Bauni and Burkhard Kehring.

Since October 2017 he is studying Bachelor Voice at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Prof. Ulrike Sonntag. In the academic year 2017/2018 he was supported by the Media house Holtzbrinck Group. He has performed numerous recital concerts and solo performances. He is a participant and prize winner of the Fritz-Wunderlich-Society in Kusel and is a scholarship holder of the Christel Guthörle Foundation Reutlingen and the Yehudi-Menuhin-Scholarship “Live Music Now”. In August 2018 he won the second prize and the Audience Award of the first Indian Singing Competition “Voices of India”. In May, he was selected to debut with the Baden Baden Philharmonie and July he was the Baritone Soloist in the Vaughan Williams song cycle The Songs of Travel for Baritone and Orchestra in the Stadthalle in Reutlingen. In 2019 he won the DAAD 2019 award for International Student who has done outstanding Social work in Germany and abroad. In March 2020 he gave his debut as Jupiter in Balingen. In August and October 2020 he was selected and invited by the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden for an Artistic Residency and to give an all Brahms Lieder concert

Frazan and his artistic collaborator Yu Tashiro are well renowned and highly booked for concerts not only in venues such as Fruchtkasten (Landesmuseum Baden Württemberg) and New palace in Stuttgart, but also in numerous social institutions such as the Stammheim prison.

During the pandemic (2020-2021), the city of Stuttgart and many other social institutions asked them to perform as a duo in a variety of social institutions like hospitals and homeless institutions, to help the people there through this difficult time.

In June 2021 he was selected as a Bachelor student from the Master Opera School Stuttgart to make his debut as The Landlord in Nicholas Kok’s “The Waste (no Land)”. This role was specially composed for his voice. He has now been accepted to study Master Opera in Stuttgart. Future engagements hold for him his Role debut as Bottom in Brittens Midsummer nights dream, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro (Excerpt) and concert recitals in Austria and Germany.