Hans Utter is an exponent of the prominent Imdad Khan gharana, an unbroken line of seven generations which has made significant contributions to the development of classical Indian music. As a disciple of Ustad Shujaat Khan, son of the illustrious sitarist Ustad
Vilayat Khan, Hans has trained intensively in India for nearly two decades. Hans’ unique musical background combines professional experience in diverse styles including jazz, Western classical, electro-acoustic music, and composition. He performs regularly in the United
States, India, and Europe, and is the recipient of sixteen national and international awards and grants, and has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, John Abercrombie, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Hidayat Khan, Steve Gorn and Chuck D. Hans holds a Doctorate degree in Ethnomusicology from The Ohio State University, USA.
He taught Ethnomusicology in The Ohio State University and Capital University, USA for several years. He lectures frequently around the world on various topics including Sufism, Indian music and Music & culture of Central Asia. Hans has been imparting music lesson (both in person and online), master class/workshop/lecturer demonstration in North Indian classical sitar & guitar, Western jazz & blues in guitar for several years in USA and abroad.
Currently, he is a Teaching Artist/Artist in Residence, Ohio Arts Council, USA and Research fellow for the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) project, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.