Adrian began his training in Hindustani music in 1980 when he became a disciple of Pt. Ashok Roy, the renowned sarodiya, himself a long-time disciple of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since this time Adrian has intensively studied the sarod and Hindustani classical music according to the guru-sishya parampara traditional training method which has also included a period of four years of staying with his guru both in India, but also Australia, where Ashok Roy now lives.
For three years he also studied with the Mumbai-based, senior musician and sitariya, the late Prof. Sachindra Nath Roy (Ashok Roy’s uncle and a senior disciple of Ustad Alauddin Khan and Ustad Enayat Khan – two of the most important figures in 20th century Hindustani music). He was lucky enough to have learnt many traditional and rare compositions and ragas from the late Prof S.N. Roy. He has also studied classical vocal music intensively in Mumbai with the well-known vocalist and musicologist the late Dr. Ashok Ranade.