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Preetha Narayanan is a violinist, composer, and educator with a unique musical story that crosses countries, cultures, and genres. Born in Memphis, TN, Preetha started to play violin and piano at the tender age of 2 in a home filled with the sounds of music, from the likes of Michael Jackson, the Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel to Indian devotional/classical music. She pursued Violin and Piano Performance studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, during which time she performed in renowned Classical festivals in the USA and in Europe. Her desire to find a more creative form of expression led her closer to her cultural heritage, and she received a Fulbright Research grant to formally study South Indian Classical music (2006) in Chennai, India. This special opportunity opened up a whole new way of listening and improvising; it also seeded her aspiration to communicate across cultures and musical styles.

Drawn to London (2008) for the diverse musical experiences it could offer, she completed a Masters and more recently a doctorate in Creative Learning at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama whilst developing her professional career. She has performed internationally with leading artists including Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh OBE, Kae Tempest, Oi Va Voi, Jocelyn Pook, Manu Delago, Bianca Gismonti, and London Contemporary Orchestra, amongst others. Close to her heart are two exciting ensembles that she has co-founded with musical soulmates, Quest Ensemble and Balladeste. Both create a lyrical tapestry of sound, blending improvisation with collaboratively written, original compositions.

She strongly affirms the power of the arts to transform lives and to empower everyone, regardless of background, age, culture, or ability, to find their creative voice. With this ethos driving her practice, she regularly leads creative workshops for organisations including London Music Masters, Soundscreative Projects, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Centre/Guildhall, and Aldeburgh Music,  she has also forged special international relationships through her leadership and professional training for artist-teachers in Korea, Israel, Palestine, Southeast Asia, and India.

Alongside her thriving artistic life, she is passionate about yoga and wellness and is currently teacher-training at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, a renowned centre in Chennai specialised in ‘viniyoga’ and yoga therapy. This journey inwards has inspired her to create and express human and spiritual connection in her music, and she is currently composing her first collection of solo compositions, to be premiered in Spring 2021.

London, UK

https://www.preethanarayanan.com/

pree.naraya@gmail.com