Shruthi Rajasekar (b. 1996) is an Indian-American composer and vocalist exploring identity, community, and joy. Chosen by The Guardian 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. She was named a "Rising Star" by the BBC Music Magazine in 2020. Performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, Shruthi's 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 2021-2022 season include new works for Hertfordshire Chorus, VOCES8, Seattle Pro Musica, Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, national percussion consortiums led by Adam Groh (Western Carolina University) and Emily Salgado (University of Michigan), and the broadcast recordings of her choral works by the BBC Singers. In November 2021, her composition for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus was premiered at the United Nations COP26. Shruthi has been an artist-in-residence at Benjamin Britten's The Red House, Britten Pears Arts, the Anderson Center, and will be in residence at Tusen Takk Foundation in summer 2022.
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. 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. Currently based in Minnesota, USA, Shruthi completed her Marshall Scholarship in the United Kingdom at SOAS, University of London (M.Mus. Ethnomusicology, with Richard Widdess and Richard Williams) and the Royal Northern College of Music (M.Mus. Composition, with Adam Gorb and Laura Bowler). She serves on the board of directors of new music chamber ensemble Zeitgeist.
Named by The Guardian 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 was awarded a Marshall Scholarship in the UK for graduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology.
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