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Suhashini Arulanandam

Suhashini Arulanandam
Suhashini Arulanandam
  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music



Suhashini Arulanandam is a member of The Oscar Peterson School of Music faculty, teaching private violin lessons. She also teaches violin in the Oscar Peterson Program, founded in 2022.

Suhashini brings a full and varied musical life to her teaching studio. She has spent over 20 years working as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is deeply committed to transmitting string pedagogy through an anatomically accurate lens, and admits a healthy addiction to Dounis exercises. She is dedicated to helping violinists grow their musical skills in a holistic and healthy way, including developing deliberate practice strategies and managing expectations.

Suhashini has taught and coached for over 25 years. She is a violin coach for the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Regional String Program at Port Credit Secondary School, and has been a visiting coach for several other youth orchestras. She has developed and/or presented numerous educational performances and workshops for schools in the Peel, Halton, and York Region District school board, as an individual as well as in collaboration with other groups and organizations.

Suhashini is a longtime member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is in demand in the Toronto music scene, performing frequently with the Esprit Orchestra, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Soundstreams, Arraymusic, Tapestry Opera, and most recently the Montreal-based Ensemble Obiora. A member of the 7-piece tango band, Solidaridad, Suhashini has performed in Buenos Aires, Brooklyn, and Portland as well as locally with organizations such as the Stratford Summer Music and the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. She performs frequently with cellist Sybil Shanahan as the Tadioli Duo, introducing audiences to new and richly impactful voices such as Andalusian composer-violinist Yardani Torres Maiani, Jessie Montgomery, and Reena Esmail, as well as drawing from the cherished repertoire of the Western Classical canon. As a recording artist, Suhashini can be heard on the Naxos and Centrediscs labels including the Aradia Ensemble’s Juno-nominated Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. IV, as well as on Solidaridad Tango’s debut album DISTANCIA, Sarah Slean’s Metaphysics, and Tapestry Opera’s Rocking Horse Winner. These have been broadcast on CBC Radio 1 and 2, Jazz.FM91, and La 2X4 FM 92.7 Buenos Aires.

Professional Affiliations:
Licensure Trainee, Association for Body Mapping Education (ABME) Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM).

Formal Education:
M.A in Violin Performance, City University of New York (Queens College)
4-year Performance Diploma, Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music