Enriching the arts environment in Southern California and beyond, the Center for World Music has a long-standing tradition of bringing master teachers of traditional performing arts from abroad to San Diego for concert tours, workshops, and extended residencies.

On this page you will find a list of our distinguished visiting artists from 1978 to 2022.

Distinguished Visiting Artists, 1978–2022

Teaching Artist Country Art Form Dates
I Wayan Sinti Indonesia Balinese Gamelan 1978–1981
Trichy Shankaran India Carnatic Percussion 1980
I Nyoman Astita Indonesia Balinese Gamelan 1982–1983
I Wayan Rai Indonesia Balinese Gamelan 1983–1984
Rizaldi Siagian Indonesia Sumatran Drumming 1983–1984
I. M. Harjito Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1983–1984
K. V. Narayanaswamy India Carnatic Vocal Music 1984-1985
T. S. Narendran India Carnatic Percussion 1984-1985
Ki Midiyanto Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1984-1985
Pak Sarno Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1985–1986
Rahayu Supanggah Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1987–1988
Sunarno Purwolelono Indonesia Javanese Dance 1989–1990
K. P. H. Notoprojo Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1989–1992
I Made Lasmawan Indonesia Balinese Gamelan 1990–1992
Dalang Oemartopo Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1993–1995
Ephat Mujuru Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 1994
Djoko Walujo Indonesia Javanese Gamelan 1997–2019
Komla Amoaku Ghana Ewe Drumming 1994–1995
William Anku Ghana Ewe Drumming 1995–1996
Forward Kwenda Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 1997
Tute Chigamba Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 1998
Cosmas Magaya Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 1998
M. R. Lotfi Iran Persian Setar 1998
Amir Pourjavady Iran Persian Setar 2003–2004
Hossein Omoumi Iran Persian Ney 2003
I Nyoman Sumandhi Indonesia Balinese Gamelan 2002–2003
Ni Putu Sutiati Indonesia Balinese Dance 2002–2003
Kwame Degbor Ghana Ewe Drumming and Dance 2005–2008
Yudhisthir Nayak India Odissi Dance 2005–2010
Janhabi Behera India Odissi Dance 2008–2009
Amulya Balabantaray India Odissi Dance 2010–2016
Ade Suparman Indonesia Sundanese Gamelan 2011–2013
Nomsa Burkhardt South Africa Zulu Dance 2011–2021
Jacob Mafuleni Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 2012–2013
Martha Thom Zimbabwe Shona Dance 2012–2013
Jorge Choquehuillca Peru Andean Music 2012–2013
Merja Soria Finland Kantele and Singing 2018
Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes Brazil Samba Percussion 2017–2018
Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri Zimbabwe Shona Mbira 2019