Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Nupur Thakkar is currently a percussionist and educator in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a lover of chamber music, Nupur has performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vanderbilt Percussion Group, and Roy Wooten's New Village Orchestra. She has also had the opportunity to premiere pieces by Forrest Pierce and Keeghan Fountain alongside Ji Hye Jung. During her time at Vanderbilt, Nupur also formed a strings and percussion collective, The Merge Ensemble. They have collaborated with the multimedia company, Continuous Motion Productions, to put out many recordings of their work. Nupur hopes to help share percussion chamber music and bring it to the forefront of classical performance.
Over the last few years she has also taught at several schools in Nashville and Michigan. In addition to working with the Front Ensemble at Ravenwood, she taught percussion lessons and chamber music at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School. This past summer she was also given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at the Interlochen Arts Camp, where she worked with high school aged students through masterclasses, clinics, and chamber music. Nupur also teaches private lessons through her own studio.
Nupur is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. She previously studied with Ji hye Jung and Lee Vinson at Vanderbilt University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance. Before Vanderbilt, Nupur attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied with Keith Aleo.
Over the past few years she has attended the Yellowbarn Young artist program, soundSCAPE, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Sandbox percussion Seminar, So Percussion Collaborative Workshop, Northwestern Percussion Symposium, and spent a few months in India studying tabla with Guruji Narendra Gangani.