Bruce Hamm is a long time disciple of the great sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Born into a musical family and immersed in music since early childhood, Bruce began his studies with Khansahib at the Ali Akbar College in 1974. He has pursued a serious and continuous study of instrumental and vocal music since then.
In 1981 he performed the traditional thread tying ceremony to symbolize his bond to his Guru. Since that time he has been a regular teacher of instrumental and vocal classes at the AACM. Bruce is one of handful of disciples chosen by Khansahib to be main instructors at the Ali Akbar College after his passing.
Bruce has performed numerous solo concerts in India and the US. He has had the rare opportunity to play onstage with his Guru. He has performed with some of India’s leading tabla players.
Bruce continues to teach and perform regularly, keeping alive the tradition of the Maihar Gharana.