Jyotsna Srikanth, an Indian classical violinist who was brought up with a strict practice routine of 8-10 hours a day as a child, shares her thoughts about the differences between Western and Indian classical violin playing. She talks about the differences she finds between India and the West along with the challenges those differences pose for her as a professional player. She discusses the freedom she finds in improvisation and gives some great tips on how to deal with nerves.

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Europe’s leading violinist from the Carnatic classical tradition, Jyotsna Srikanth is also an accomplished western classical musician who’s collaborated with acclaimed jazz, western classical and world music artists. Her recitals combine a deep understanding of traditional music with a jazz and a contemporary touch. This rare balance between tradition and modernity has helped her carve a unique niche, captivating audiences across the globe.

Jyotsna’s musical roots are in the south Indian classical tradition. Beginning her learning from her mother she later took up violin instruction from the Late Sri R. R. Keshavamurthy, the legendary seven stringed violinist. At nine she gave her first public performance. Since then she has given numerous solos and accompanied many contemporary Carnatic artists of highest reputation.

A regular performer at the Chennai Music Season, she has played at all the established venues in South India and won several national and international awards. In Britain, she’s played at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Southbank, Kings Place, Brighton Dome Theatre, Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, Cardiff’s Millennium Hall, St George’s in Bristol and Liverpool, Manchester’s Lowry and Bridgewater Hall, and the Sage Gateshead.

She’s a regular traveller who’s performed in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, France, Morocco, Dubai, Singapore and numerous cities in North America. Festival outings have been at the Red Violin Festival in Wales, Cleveland Music Festival, Brighton Festival and the BBC Proms. Several of her concerts have been broadcast on SkyArts and BBC Radio 3.