Vaibhav Mohanty (b. 1998) is a composer and arranger who resides in Charleston, South Carolina. A student of piano performance from the age of four, he began composing at age nine when he wrote his first piece for solo piano in memory of a late elementary school teacher. Vaibhav later began composing works for concert band as well as chamber ensembles. He appeared in concert as guest conductor for the premiere of his first symphonic work when he was twelve years old.
Vaibhav’s compositions have been awarded and acclaimed at the national and international level. He was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 3rd Annual Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble Composition Competition, an international competition for composers of all ages. Additionally, he was named a winner of the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Composers Competition, meriting his composition a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee by the NAfME All-National Honor Band. He was also named a Finalist in the 2015 National YoungArts Foundation competition, an award that was given to 170 artists out of over 11,000 applicants from various disciplines.
Vaibhav has won three Awards of Excellence and one Award of Merit from the National Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Reflections Contest for his compositions and an Honorable Mention from the ASCAP Foundation 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2012, he became a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition.
Vaibhav has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) since 2013 and the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) since 2014. His works have been published by JPM Music Publications and Lighthouse Music Publications.
At present Vaibhav continues to compose for ensembles in the Charleston area. He also teaches a music theory class at a private music education studio. He will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2015.