Aditya Chander

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Aditya Chander is a PhD candidate in Music Theory. He researches how listeners learn to expect the unexpected in musical structure, using computational modelling techniques and behavioral experiments to examine this process. His research is published in Cognition (2023) and Music Perception (2022) and has been presented at conferences hosted by the Society for Music TheoryMusic Theory MidwestSociety for Music Perception and CognitionInternational Conference on Music Perception and CognitionCognitive Neuroscience Society, and Auditory Perception & Cognition Society among others. He holds degrees from Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (MA, Music, Science and Technology) and the University of Cambridge (BA, Music, Double First Class Honors, graduated with Distinction).

Aditya maintains an active schedule as a violinist. He was a regular concertmaster and principal player of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 2019-2023, won prizes in concerto competitions at Stanford and Cambridge, and received an honorable mention in the 2020 World Bach Competition (presented by the Boulder Bach Festival). He has also worked as a data scientist and has taught and developed courses in machine learning and AI for high school students. Finally, Aditya is a founding member and from 2021-2023 was co-chair of the Grant Hagan Society, a graduate-student led affinity group to support people of color in the Department of Music.

Currently, Aditya resides in Boston. He is a member of the LLAMB lab at Yale’s Child Study Center and the MIND lab at Northeastern University. More details about Aditya’s work can be found at

Program Type: 
Music Theory
Music Theory