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Ramona Borthwick

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Born and raised in Bombay, a mega-metropolis on the west coast of India, Ramona Borthwick was exposed to music at an early age. Encouraged by her father, a well known musician and film composer, she began piano studies at age five, soon followed by studies in Western classical music. She was ranked first in Asia at the Licentiate level examinations in piano performance at the Trinity College Of Music and the Royal Schools Of Music, London. Soon after she became a sought after teacher by students and educational institutions, was actively involved in training choral ensembles and also did studio session work for the music industry.

In the 1980’s she began performing with local jazz ensembles, later collaborating with husband Noel Borthwick on their 1991 debut album ‘Sound Matters’, one of the first modern jazz recordings from India.

A move to Canada in the early 90’s and later Boston, MA, allowed her to widen her artistic depth and growth as a musician, composer and teacher. “A New Leaf” her debut CD released in 2006, featured a palette of several of her compositions that were written over this transitional period in her life and received glowing reviews from critics and the international press. JazzImprov Magazine says of ‘A New Leaf’: “a musical journey of such extreme depth”, while JazzReview commented “Borthwick displays an amazing talent for composition… her fellow musicians bring the music to a level that is rarely shown on a debut release.” Billboard Magazine wrote: “Ramona Borthwick has made a major statement with this superb initial release.”

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