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Ambi Subramaniam

Accolades and praise sit lightly on the shoulders of Ambi Subramaniam, who at the age of 21 already has a number of major accomplishments under his belt. His greatest musical inspiration remains his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam, with whom he tours the world, giving solo and duet performances. Ambi gave his first performance at the tender age of seven and has already performed in several prestigious venues across the world.

Hailed as "the new king of Indian classical violin" (The Times of India), Ambi regularly plays duet violin concerts with Dr. L. Subramaniam and solo concerts. He has performed at the prestigious Dussehra Festival at the Mysore Palace, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Maximum India Festival at Kennedy, the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and at the Centenary Celebration of the Banglaore Gayana Samaj. Ambi was a featured soloist for the Sounds of India program featuring talented instrumentalists from around the country. Ambi has been invited to perform at TEDx events to expose new audiences to Carnatic music, and at age 13 was invited to present a concert for the then President of India HE APJ Abdul Kalam for the Pravasi Bharitiya Divas. He has performed with Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia.

As a fusion performer, Ambi has performed extensively with his family (father Dr. L. Subramaniam, mother Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, sister Bindu Subramaniam) and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan. Ambi was a featured soloist at the Violins for Peace concert series which featured Mark O' Connor, Loyko and others. He was part of a special performance at the Gateway of India in 2003, featuring violin greats Dr. L. Subramaniam and Jean-Luc Ponty. He also performed at a special open-air millennium concert on new year's eve 1999 for over two hundred thousand people. Ambi has been a regular performer at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.

As an orchestral soloist, Ambi performed 'Shanti Priya' with the Seattle Symphony in January 2013. He has also performed with the Orchestra Nationale du Lille, Sinfonia Baltica, Filharmonica du Stadt Sibiu, the Kwazulu Natal Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Philharmoic Orchestra.

Ambi plays Western and Indian violin with equal ease, and has appeared for the Associated Board Royal School of Music's violin exams and has been ranked first, securing distinctions and special awards. Apart from the violin, Ambi also received distinctions in Piano and Western music theory exams.
Ambi has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album), Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album) and was the three time winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical Violinist. Ambi endorses D'Addario strings.