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Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar
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May 02, 2019 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $55.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Season Finale Festival
  • Genre: World
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

“She’s making her own unique mark on the world.” – Harper’s Bazaar
“Expect to be thoroughly intoxicated.” – Time Out New York
“It goes without saying that Anoushka Shankar is a virtuoso sitar player.” (Guardian)
The sitar player and composer 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, 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.
In March 2019, Shankar releases her latest Deutsche Grammophon album, Reflections, a compelling retrospective of Anoushka’s career so far. Reflections explores her commitment to cross-cultural dialogue and traces 20 years of her collaborations with everyone from her father, Ravi Shankar, to Karsh Kale and Nitin Sawhney, to her half-sister Norah Jones.
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. Since launching her lauded career, Anoushka has led 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. As an international solo sitarist, Anoushka has performed to sold-out crowds on many of the world’s most distinguished stages such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), Barbican Centre (London), Sydney Opera House, Philharmonie (Paris), San Francisco Opera House, and Koerner Hall (Toronto).

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