Shruthi Rajasekar (b. 1996) is an Indian-American composer and vocalist exploring identity, community, and joy. Chosen by The Guardian UK as a composer "who will enrich your life" in a list spanning centuries, Shruthi creates intersectional music that draws from her unique background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms.
Shruthi has won numerous honors for her compositions, including the 2020 KHORIKOS ORTUS International Award, the 2018 Composers Guild of New Jersey Award, and the 2018 Global Women in Music Award from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Donne in Musica Adkins Chiti Foundation (Roma, Italia). Performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, her music has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners on Spotify's Classical Releases, BBC Radio 3, Classical MPR (Minnesota, USA), WSMR Classical (Florida, USA), and WWFM Classical (Mid-Atlantic region, USA). Shruthi writes in various mediums, including voice, chamber ensemble, orchestra, band, film, theater, opera, experimental, and pop; her diverse output is inspired by her unique musical training and diasporic identity. Projects in the 2020-2021 season include new works for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Scotland, UK), the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (UK), Psappha chamber ensemble (Manchester, UK), the Seraphim Singers (Boston, USA), the London Youth Choir (London, UK), the University of Wisconsin-River Falls department ensembles as this year's featured Co-Commissioned Composer (Wisconsin, USA), and the commercially and critically successful digital release of her pieces Numbers and did you know by NMC Recordings (UK).
As a soprano, Shruthi has received national recognition from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Classical Singer magazine. Opera credits include Amanda (The Analysing Engine, Lovett, world premiere), Euridice (L’Orfeo, Monteverdi), and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach), as well as Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte, Mozart) and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) in scenes. She has studied voice with Dr. Rochelle Ellis (Westminster Choir College), Patricia Rozario, OBE (Royal College of Music, UK), and Jerry Elsbernd.
A disciple of her mother, internationally renowned Carnatic musician Smt. Nirmala Rajasekar, Shruthi has been studying Carnatic music for the past eighteen years, specializing in vocal and theory studies. As a researcher, Shruthi completed her M.Mus. Ethnomusicology with Distinction (SOAS, University of London) under supervisors Prof. Richard Widdess and Dr. Richard Williams. Shruthi has also received performance guidance from the late Shri B. Sitarama Sharma, veteran musicologist Dr. B.M. Sundaram, and mridangam vidwan Thanjavur Shri K. Murugaboopathi. Shruthi won the Carnatic Star competition for several consecutive years, and was awarded “Best On-Stage Presentation” at the national Carnatic Music Idol USA: Season 3. At the age of 15, Shruthi gave her arangetram—her three-hour professional debut concert. She regularly performs in the USA, Europe, and India.
Shruthi graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, receiving the Edward T. Cone Prize. At Princeton, she studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy, Barbara White, Andrew Lovett, Dan Trueman, and Juri Seo.
A native of Minnesota, USA, Shruthi is currently completing her tenure as a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom. As a graduate composition student at the Royal Northern College of Music, she currently studies with Adam Gorb and Laura Bowler.
Named by The Guardian UK as a composer "who will enrich your life", Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American musician exploring identity, community, and joy. Shruthi's music draws from her training in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms. Composition honors include the KHORIKOS ORTUS International Award and the Global Women in Music Award from the United Nations & Donne in Musica. As a soprano and Carnatic vocalist, Shruthi has been recognized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the internationally-televised Carnatic Music Idol USA. A graduate of Princeton University, Shruthi is currently completing her tenure in the UK as a Marshall Scholar in composition and ethnomusicology.
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