Anoushka Shankar


Fri 6/14


Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including six Grammy® Award nominations, recognition as the youngest - and first female - recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, an Eastern Eye Award for Music and a Songlines Best Artist Award. Most recently, she became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus.

Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Anoushka studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen. By the age of 20, she had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel and received her first Grammy® nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Anoushka released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy®
nomination. Following this nomination Anoushka became the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy® Awards.

As an international solo sitarist Anoushka has performed in a range of distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Théâtre des Champs- Elysées, Palais des Beaux-Arts, KKL Luzern, Millenium Park (Chicago) and San Francisco Opera House. Festival appearances include Edinburgh, Verbier, Prague Spring, Glastonbury, WOMAD, Celebrate Brooklyn and the BBC Proms in London.

Anoushka has championed her father's four sitar Concertos with the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras under the leadership of esteemed conductors such as Zubin Mehta. Besides performing as a solo sitarist, her compositional work has led to cross-cultural collaborations with artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Joshua Bell demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.

The 2018/19 season sees a tour of the Netherlands with the Metropole Orkest featuring orchestrations of her works by Jules Buckley, live performances of her film score "Shiraz" at the Royal Festival Hall and Dublin National Concert Hall and a unique re-imagination of Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass' "Passages" at the Paris Philharmonie with her own ensemble alongside the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. She will tour the USA in a new programme reflecting on her journey so far; drawing on classical ragas and experimenting with new ideas in a cross-cultural dialogue that showcases the versatility of the sitar across musical genres.