2012 in Asian music
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- January - It is announced that the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg will join KM Music Conservatory musicians in a 100-member concert tour of five Indian cities performing compositions by Indian composer A. R. Rahman. The tour, named "Germany and India 2011–2012: Infinite Opportunities'. Classic Incantations", marks the centenary of Indian cinema and of Studio Babelsberg, the world's oldest film studio.
- February 4 - An anti-government rally at Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, is concluded by Yuri Shevchuk with one of his best-known songs, "Rodina" (Motherland).
- February 17 - Start of Season 7 of the music competition Indonesian Idol.
- March 2 - Release of London, Paris, New York, starring Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari.
- May - Biennial International Morin khuur Festival and competition.
- July 7 - 59th Filmfare Awards South ceremony is held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, India.
- August 24 - Pianist Lang Lang is awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his engagement in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
- September - Chinese pianist Jiayan Sun finishes third in the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.
- September 27-30 - Darbar festival takes place in London.
- December 1 - Opening of the 2012 Madras Music Season.
- Shadmehr Aghili - Tarafdaar
- Angband - Saved from the Truth
- Arnob - Adheko Ghume
- Buck-Tick - Yume Miru Uchuu
- Tay Kewei - Fallin
- Shiri Maimon - Sheleg Ba'sharav
- Assala Nasri - Qanoun Kaifik
- Krizza Neri - Krizza
- Ramin Rahimi - Persian Percussion Electrified
- Replikas - Biz Burada Yok İken
- Fazıl Say - Istanbul Symphony
- SKE48 - Kono Hi no Chime o Wasurenai
- Wanting Qu - Everything In The World
- Haifa Wehbe - Malikat Jamal Al Kawn
- January 1 - Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer, 86
- February 5 - Jiang Ying, Chinese opera singer and music teacher, 92
- March 24 - Jose Prakash, Indian singer and actor, 86
- March 28 - Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, 91
- May 2 - Zvi Zeitlin, Russian violinist and music teacher, 90
- May 29 - Mark Minkov, Russian composer, 67
- June 4 - Eduard Khil, Russian baritone, 77
- June 14 - Hassan Kassai, Iranian Ney player, 83
- July 10 - Viktor Suslin, Russian composer, 70
- July 17 - İlhan Mimaroğlu, Turkish-born American composer and record producer, 86
- October 5 - Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, 91
- October 8 - Bidit Lal Das, Bengali folk musician and composer, 74
- November 15 - Khin Maung Toe, Burmese singer-songwriter and guitarist, 62 (liver cancer)
- December 11
- December 20 - Victor Merzhanov, Russian classical pianist, 93
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- Sjw, Romulo (2 December 2011). "'Anang Kembali Jadi Juri Indonesian Idol'". Kapanlagi. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
- "Rana Daggubati announces the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. Times Internet Limited. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Pianist Lang Lang mit Bundesverdienstkreuz geehrt" [Pianist Lang Lang awarded the Federal Cross of Merit]. Die Welt (in German). Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "MERZBOW/Merzbuddha Variations dnn07 : カセットレーベル ダエン" (in Japanese). duenn. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
- SMP media GmbH, Hamburg & SMP systems GbR, Berlin - http://www.smpmedia.biz. "Viktor Suslin profile". Sikorski.de. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- Ilhan Mimaroglu, Composer and Producer, Is Dead at 86
- "Stereo Era's Singer-Songwriter Khin Maung Toe Passes Away" (in Burmese). Weekly Eleven Magazine. 2012-11-15.
- "Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away". The Hindu. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "В Москве скончалась Галина Вишневская". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- Мержанов Виктор Карпович. "МГК им. Чайковского - персоналии - Мержанов Виктор Карпович". Mosconsv.ru. Retrieved 2012-12-22.