South Indian (Carnatic) Violin
Internationally travelled, award winning Subhadra Vijaykumar, a Toronto based violinist is the Founder and Artistic Director of Radha Carnatic Violin Creations. Its mission is to earn global recognition for the Carnatic style of playing the western violin. Radha Carnatic Violin Creations has performed across the GTA showcasing this style of playing to a very diverse audience. Subhadra has collaborated with artists from different musical genres including western classical and folk, African and the Hindustani( North Indian classical) tradition.
In March 2018, Subhadra was awarded the International Womens Day, Women Achiever Award, a Publicly Nominated Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements and tireless efforts to be successful in Performing Arts/Music.
She comes from a family with rich musical traditions and obtained a first-class diploma in violin from the prestigious Bharatiya Music and Arts Society's Music College in Mumbai, India, under the tutelage of the late Mrs.Vijayam Ramaswamy, an acclaimed disciple of Prof.Krishnan. She was awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2006 to train under Prof. Krishnan.
She has accompanied several artists, participated in orchestras for Bharatanatyam (classical Indian) dance performances, and given lecture-demonstrations as well as given solo recitals. These have been for notable organizations and at major venues across Canada, the Far East, and England. Her performances with her students at the World and Urban Music Showcase of the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as for the Museums Mississauga’s On the Verandah summer series and at the Kannada Sangha's Cultural Show, have evoked appreciative rapport with audiences and excellent reviews from the media.
Her performances for the Canadian Opera Company’s Lunchtime Series ,the La Fontaine- Baldwin Lecture at the Koerner Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Telus Centre, as well as her interview with CBC Radio International have been very well acclaimed.
She was selected by the Culture Division, City of Mississauga to be part of a delegation that visited Kariya City in Japan in February 2011 when Subhadra had an opportunity to perform at the opening of Kariya’s new City Hall.
Subhadra has also performed for Culture Days at Doors Open venues in Mississauga. In June 2011, she was part of the hugely successful IIFA Buzz event as an inaugural show at the newly opened Celebration Square in Mississauga.
An active parent and volunteer, she has served on the International Committee and participated in the Cross-Cultural Understanding Group at her children's schools. She has volunteered at The Story Garden, a community literacy project in Mississauga and currently volunteers at an elementary school helping children with special needs as well as at Lifelong Learning Mississauga. She is a faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music.