Ambi Subramanam/


Hailed as "the new king of Indian classical violin" by The Times of India and “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” by Ozy Magazine, Ambi Subramaniam was trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam since he was three years old, and gave his first performance at the age of seven. He has received awards and recognitions including the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, and two Global Indian Music Awards. He was also awarded a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18. Along with his sister Bindu Subramaniam, Ambi runs the SaPa in Schools program, which teaches music to over 30,000 students across the world. He also co-hosts The SaPa Show on Sankara TV, which teaches global music to young children. Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group.

The violin is one of the most popular instruments in the world. The violin in its modern form was developed in Europe in the 1500s, towards the end of the Renaissance period. The violin proved perfectly suited for the music, as the gamakas (glides and oscillations through the notes – the lifeline of Carnatic music) were not only possible, but natural and intuitive on the violin. Although the construction of the violin is the same in Indian and Western music, the tuning, playing posture, and techniques are quite different. Today, the violin is not only ubiquitous in Carnatic music, but has also become a popular instrument among North Indian classical (Hindustani) musicians. Since the violin was adopted into Hindustani music in the early 20th century, many stalwart Hindustani violinists have emerged and captivated many an audience with their unique style of playing the violin. Indian violin has also gained worldwide popularity, with legends from Yehudi Menuhin onwards expressing their admiration for the way Indian musicians have handled the instrument.