As one of the foremost representatives of the Imdadkhani Etawa Gharana, Irshad Khan is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading sitar players and as the leading surbahar (bass sitar) exponent of his generation. He performs pure classical, folk, worldbeat, and new age music.
Having emerged as a child prodigy, Irshad Khan gave his first public performance at the age of seven. His international debut was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England when he was only 13. At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night concert at the Proms. Since then he has played in over 30 nations including performances in various music festivals and conferences throughout India, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, the Far East, and North America.
Irshad Khan is the founder/president of Universal Academy for Musicians, based in Mississauga and Mumbai. Apart from actively performing internationally, he also conducts workshops, lectures and master classes in various educational institutions. He has many commercial recordings, which are sold worldwide.