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BIOGRAPHY

Shruthi Rajasekar (b. 1996) is an Indian-American composer and vocalist. Trained in both the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms, she uses her unique background to create music that explores intersections in cultural identity. 

 

Shruthi has won several honors for her compositions, including a 2018 Composers Guild of New Jersey award and a global award from the Donne in Musica Adkins Chiti Foundation (Roma, Italia) & the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, her music has reached more than 300,000 listeners on Choral Stream, Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and Regional Spotlight. Shruthi writes in various mediums, including voice, chamber ensemble, orchestra, film, theater, and opera; much of her work is inspired by her diverse musical training. Projects in the 2019-2020 season include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub (Scotland, UK), new works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain to be digitally released by NMC Recordings (UK), publications with VocalEssence Music Press & Graphite Publishing (USA), and a commission for the Seraphim Singers (Boston, USA).

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, veena player and vocalist Nirmala Rajasekar, Shruthi has been studying Carnatic music for the past sixteen years, specializing in vocal and theory studies. Shruthi has also received 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 performed her arangetram—her three-hour professional debut concert; since then, she has given performances across the US 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 in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar pursuing graduate study in ethnomusicology (M.Mus, SOAS University of London) and composition (M.Mus, Royal Northern College of Music).

SHORT BIO:

Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American composer and vocalist. Trained in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms, Shruthi creates music that explores intersections in cultural and musical identity. Composition honors include the 2018 Composers Guild of New Jersey Award, commissions from VocalEssence, and more than a dozen plays on Classical MPR.  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 living and studying in the UK as a Marshall Scholar. 

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