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She might be the single most important figure in whatever ‘world music’ is today.
A magnetic soloist. . . . Her sitar was a persuasive orchestral chameleon.
—New York Times
Deeply rooted in the Indian classical music tradition, Anoushka Shankar 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. By the age of twenty, she had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel and received her first Grammy nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Shankar released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy nomination. Following this nomination, Shankar became the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy Awards.
As an international solo artist, Shankar has performed in a range of distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Palais des Beaux-Arts, and the KKL Luzern. Festival appearances include Verbier, Prague Spring, Glastonbury, WOMAD, and the London Proms.
Shankar has championed her father’s four sitar concertos with the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Lucerne Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of esteemed conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kristjan Järvi, and Jakob Hrusa.