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Dr. L. Subramaniam

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Indian violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam has been recognized as the foremost Indian composer in the realm of orchestral composition. Armed with a Master’s degree in Western Classical composition, distinctions in western violin studies, understanding of western technique, and his base in Indian Classical music, he set about to create a new style of orchestral writing, and indeed a new genre. Since his first composition in 1983, Subramaniam has written symphonic works, concertos, double concertos, works for orchestras and choirs, compositions for full orchestras with non-western soloists, compositions for orchestras with chamber groups and even compositions written for orchestras and soloists where the solo instruments can be replaced, which was a milestone in orchestral writing. He has also re-introduced improvisational cadenzas which allow the performer to showcase his prowess and mastery over his instrument. One of his works has even been transcribed for full Chinese Orchestra and Indian ensemble. He has written close to twenty compositions for full orchestras, a rare feat in today’s time. In addition to composing for, he has also performed many of his own compositions with major orchestras and even conducted. Till date, he has collaborated with over fifty different orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nationale de Lille, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swiss Romande, the Lancaster Symphony, The Transvaal Philharmonic, The Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, the Tivoli Gardens Symphony, the USSR TV and Large Radio Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Budapest Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Philharmonic. 11 He has been invited to compose for and perform with orchestras in various parts of the world from Africa to Australia, Europe and the Americas, at venues like the Lincoln Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts, Zhongshan Music Hall, the Tchaikovsky Hall, Olso Philharmonic Concert Hall, the Royal Opera House Muscat and the Gewandhaus. He has also taken his orchestral music to small cities and towns as far as Sibiu, Bodo and Slupsk. Some of the great conductors he has worked with include: Maestro Zubin Mehta, Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, Maestro Jean Claude Casedesus, Maestro Michael Helmrath, Maestro Christian Eggen, Maestro Svend Skibber, Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, Maestro Phillipe Bender, Maestro Simon Wright, Maestro Tan Lihua, Maestro Li Xincao, and Maestro Michael Koehler. On many occasions, entire evenings have been dedicated to his works. There have been numerous audio/video releases and Dr. Subramaniam is one of a handful of living composers with over 150 live performances of his various orchestral works, a testament to his greatness as a composer.

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