Ambi Subramaniam

Ambi Subramaniam gave his first performance at the age of seven and since then has performed in many prestigious venues across the world.  He 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) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album).

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 Bharatiya Divas.

As a fusion performer, he has formed a band called SubraMania with his sister Bindu.  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 200,000 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, the Kwazulu Natal Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few.

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 and was the three-time winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical Violinist. Ambi endorses D’Addario strings.

He third classical album “Live at Krishna Gana Sabha” has received much critical acclaim.

Hailed as “the new king of Indian classical violin” (The Times of India) and “India’s Itzhak Pearlmann” (Ozy Magazine), Ambi Subramaniam has been trained by his father and guru Dr. L. Subramaniam from the age of three, 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, two Global Indian Music Awards, and was awarded a ‘Golden Violin’ from Sri Jayendra Saraswati when he was 18.

Along with his sister Bindu, Ambi runs the SaPa in Schools program, which teaches music to over 20,000 young children in schools in India. He also co-hosts the “SaPa Show” on Sankara TV, which aims to teach global music to young children. Ambi is a youth delegate at the United Nations for the Sri Chinmoy Peace Meditation group.