At the age of 10, Aparna began learning under the guidance of her father, Pt. Arvind Apte, an exponent of Kirana Gharana and a disciple of Pt. Firoz Dastur. Later, Aparna became a disciple of Pt. Kartik Kumar. Her next guru was Mrs. Zarin Daruwala-Sharma.
A graduate in History and Home Science, Aparna completed her post graduation in music from the S.N.D.T. University. She also has to her credit, a diploma in Japanese language.
Aparna has bagged awards in music competitions held at NITIE, IIT - Mood Indigo, Swar Sadhna Samiti, etc. including the prestigious Surmani Award of Sur Singar Samsad in 1992. She has rendered solo recitals at Youth Festivals at Mysore, Pune, Gwalior, Mumbai, etc. Alongwith her father, Aparna has also performed abroad in countries like USA, Hongkong, etc.
An A grade artiste for Cine Musical Association, she regularly gives background music scores for Hindi films and has worked with Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anand-Milind, etc. Aparna also plays accompaniment music for Odissi dance and semi classical music.
Besides having worked as a lecturer at SNDT, she now teaches at the Paranjpe Music Academy in Vile Parle, Mumbai.