Born into a well-known musical family, Blossom Mendonca made her debut on stage at the age of four at a singing competition in which she won the first prize. She began her musical education with her mother, Blanche Viegas and furthered her studies with Mme Olga Craen and Tehmie Gazdar in Mumbai. She then studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Valencia in Spain, receiving the ‘Titulo de Profesor’ with Distinction in piano under the guidance of concert pianist and teacher Mario Monreal. She is also a Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music, London and has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Bombay University.
Blossom Mendonca is a much sought after piano teacher and teaches and conducts in order to spread the joy that music has given her. Her students have been winners at local, national and international competitions and have also been declared ‘Young Musician of the Year’ by the OJC Foundation. They have been awarded prizes at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College exams at the Grade, Certificate and Diploma levels. Her students have been recipients of Exhibition Awards, the Palamkote Award and the Hannam Clarke Award.
Her experience in choral direction began at the age of 17. Conducting various choirs for parish zonal competition, she led each of them to victory. During her college years she was the conductor of the St. Xavier’s College choir and was privileged to conduct the Papal Choir and Orchestra during the visit of His Holiness, the late John Paul II. She is the Founding Director of the reputed choral group Living Voices- Mumbai and has taken the choir through a wide variety of genres. Her rich experience enables her to mould raw singers into [poised performers, who can confidently sing a capella or with an orchestra.
“ Kudos to its young conductor for the discipline and accuracy of pitch displayed despite the fact that the choir dispensed with scores.”
The Times of India
“The Living Voices were a well-developed, highly cohesive ensemble conducted by the gifted Blossom Mendonca.”
Afternoon Despatch and Courier
‘…….. which gave us at once the measure of this choir, well-rehearsed by its conductor, balanced, disciplined, alive to changes of mood and, most importantly, sensitive to dynamics.”
“For this performance the orchestra was joined by an excellent ensemble, Living Voices, which is also based in Mumbai. The choir had been trained by their director Blossom Mendonca to a very high level, despite the fact that many of the members could not read music. The choir rehearsed three times with the orchestra before the performance, and once with me alone, each time with a deepening sense of response and rapport. They produced a performance of communicative power.”
David Murphy – International conductor