About Shayan Italia

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Rebel. Defier. Norm Breaker.

Shayan Italia is anything but your ordinary guy. In fact, when it comes to the music business, he’s perhaps its new age anti-hero. A non-drinker and non-smoker, Shayan is an extremely disciplined individual. Once he sets his mind to something, it’s considered by many as “done”, even before it starts.

An Indian-born International multi-award winning pianist, songwriter and vocalist, Shayan started unexpectedly creating music after losing his Mum at a young age. You see, Shayan’s Mum bought him a piano just before she died. She never lived to see him play it. She lost her fight to cancer suffering from Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). Shayan lost his Dad exactly one year later having suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for over a decade.

Since then Shayan has been rather busy: he became the first person in history to auction a portion of his future earnings from music on eBay. He then got discovered by the legendary Sir David Frost (which is a hilarious story for another time) for auctioning a portion of his future earnings on eBay (wait we just said that!). We learn from the Frost interview, that Shayan privately raised USD 1 million to record his body of work titled “FEEL” for philanthropic purposes.

Till date Shayan has helped raise USD 135 million in light of Cancer Research and Multiple Sclerosis in memory of his parents. His personal life goal is to achieve five times that. Woah!!!

In this exciting life journey Shayan has garnered 3 Bachelor’s degrees, one Master’s degree, performed live at Royal Albert Hall (to a standing ovation we might add), and even started a food delivery business in Mumbai city and sold it within a year of opening it.

In 2018 Shayan was awarded the prestigious “Global Indian Of The Year” award for his outstanding contribution to India (more of this on the Videos section).

Shayan Italia is a Zoroastrian Parsi. Famous Zoroastrians include legendary live performer, Freddie Mercury, world renowned classical conductor Zubin Mehta, and Chairman Emeritus and Ex-CEO of TATA Industries, Ratan N Tata.

A successful entrepreneur, Shayan is also a global traveller who travels to a different country each month in search of inspiration. The photographs he takes on his travels are awesome (we can’t wait for him to showcase these on Instagram). He’s also obsessed with chocolate. Like, seriously obsessed!

2020 sees Shayan Italia launch two projects: his debut song (more of this on the Music section) and his next entrepreneurial venture, START®, which is set to potentially change millions of lives across India for the better.

Photography by Pushkaraj Shirke

“Is the new Elton John going to come from India?”


— Sir David Frost