Concert: Justyna Jablonska (cello) and Jyotsna Srikanth (violin)
A glorious collaboration between East and West – South Indian songs for violin and cello from cellist Justyna Jablonska and violinist Jyotsna Srikanth.
(Facemasks must be worn)
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance – £5 / £2 low income / free for students. (Subsidised by Chamber Music Scotland)
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Justyna Jablonska is an internationally acclaimed cellist and one of the leading performers in Scotland’s exciting experimental music scene. Her collaborations with musicians across the UK, Europe, and India, have been recognised for redefining the possibilities of cross-cultural performance.
In 2016 and 2019 she was selected by the Made in Scotland Showcase for her performance, Karmana: Songs of the Roma with Simon Thacker at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Destroying Demons with Jyotsna Srikanth. . She is due to release another cross-cultural album later on this year. She is active in contemporary classical performance scene. Since 2014 she has performed at the Lucerne Festival Academy, founded by Pierre Boulez, where she has worked with some of the best musicians in contemporary music, including Sir Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher, and the members of Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. She also advocates for making classical and experimental music more accessible to children and teaches ‘cello in state schools.
She has received numerous scholarships and awards throughout her career, including a scholarship from the Aldeberska Trust (Sweden), the Waddell Trust Award (Scotland), the RNCM Scholarship (England), the National Heritage Scholarship (Poland), and Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship (Scotland). Born in Poland, she is now based in Edinburgh.
Jyotsna Srikanth hails from Bangalore and is the world’s foremost Indian violinist. Her music illuminates Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour. Approaching every musical interaction with a forward-thinking outlook and elastic expressivity, Jyotsna is just as likely to be found reveling in raga rotations or jamming in free jazz, often marrying the two.
Jyotsna also has a successful career lending her talent to the film industry, playing on over two hundred South Indian cinematic soundtracks. Upon moving to London her work expanded to include television and festival engagements including work for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, WOMAD, BBC Proms and Red Violin Festival. She also showcased her work at WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, Poland. Jyotsna lectures in music, having delivered her discourse at the University of Cambridge and Liverpool University.
Currently, Jyotsna enjoys a demanding career as an eminent solo musician. Her 2013 album Call of Bangalore (Riverboat Records) cemented her position as a ‘major instrumentalist of vision and imagination’ (fRoots) and ‘an extraordinary and versatile violinist’ (The Guardian). In her career spanning 25 years Jyotsna has performed in all the major world music festivals across Europe.
Jyotsna is also the founder and curator of London International Arts Festival and leads Dhruv Arts, a UK-based not-for-profit educational organisation.