Gurbaksh began learning music at the subtle age of 5 under the tutelage of Seetal Singh and later on from Tarlochan Singh. However, it was at the age of 10 that he began to flourish as a musician. Under the tutelage of Ustad Kamaljeet Singh Ji Chana, he trained in Indian classical music and the basics of Tarshenai and Dilruba playing for several years. Gurbaksh Singh’s potential was further recognised by Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji and they swiftly instructed him to become a student of Ustad Gurdev Singh Ji, who himself is a disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahib. In order to advance and develop further vocally, Gurbaksh Singh also became a disciple of Ustad Harbhajan Singh Ji under whom he learned traditional Gurbani compositions which were sung during the time of the fifth Guru, Guru Arjun Dev Ji. In 1997, Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji sent Gurbaksh to Benaras to learn from non other than Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahib.
Whilst integrating many sarod style techniques, he has developed a unique dynamic style of singing and playing the Tarshenai. The key innovations in his style are compositions based on vocal music.
Gurbaksh Singh gave his first solo recital at the age of 11 in 1992. In 2001, Gurbaksh had the honour of being invited by Ustad Zakir Hussain to open the first memorial concert for Ustad Allah Rakha Khan Sahib in England. He has performed with artists such as Shri Sukhvinder Singh Ji Pinky and Pt. Sanju Sahai. Gurbaksh Singh has performed extensively abroad and made his mark as a classical artist. He has performed for dignitaries such as the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Tony Blair and great musicians such as Pt. Rajan Sajan Mishra Ji, Pt. Kishan Maharaj Ji, Pt. Birju Maharaj Ji to name a few.
“Music is the hardest kind of art. It doesn’t hang up on a wall and wait to be stared at and enjoyed by passersby. It’s communication. It’s hours and hours being put into a work of art that may only last, in reality, for a few moments…but if done well, and truly appreciated, it lasts in our hearts forever. That’s art. Speaking with your heart to the hearts of others.”
Mr. Dan Romano