India Yeshe Gailey is a cellist, composer, and improviser based in Montréal. Compelled to play music that speaks to our time, she draws from many eras and genres, performing as a solo artist and collaborator around the world. She is keen on working with living composers, reviving obscure gems, and presenting standard works in a unique light. Her musical life has crossed several realms, including classical, jazz, experimental, pop, Celtic, Hindustani classical, and Javanese gamelan.
In 2017, she released her first solo album, Lucid, a collaboration with three other emerging Canadian composers that was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s “Classical Recording of the Year”. More recently, she earned her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Other fresh highlights include working with Philip Glass at Scotia Festival, winning a Graduate Mobility Award from McGill to perform in Germany, and holding a chamber music fellowship at Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia. She tours regularly with the environmental jazz quartet New Hermitage, and actively performs with several other ensembles such as Alkali Collective and the Sarah Rossy Chamber Ensemble.
India is the recipient of numerous honours, including five Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships, the Yuh Lih and Marion Kuo Award for Instrumental Excellence, and the Janis and Felicita Kalejs Award in Music. Her compositions have been performed by Keep Good (Theatre) Company, the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble, Ear Camera, and have aired on CBC and CKDU radio stations. She has played in masterclasses for renowned cellists such as Emmanuelle Bertrand, Colin Carr, Denise Djokic, Blair Lofgren, Antonio Lysy, Philippe Müller, and Shauna Rolston. Chamber music mentors include Denise Lupien, Ilya Poletaev, members of the Daedalus, Kronos, and Shanghai string quartets, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, and Gryphon Trio. She received her BMus from Acadia University, where she studied cello with Norman Adams and Christoph Both, and composition with Peter Togni and Derek Charke. India loves the colour blue, origami, beds of moss, the Ravel String Quartet, raspberries, and the sound of a sweet marimba. She also enjoys making visual art.