Ambi Subramaniam is an Indian/American violinist, pianist, and singer who is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in music at Jain University. Began performing at the age of six, Ambi was touted as the 'New King of Indian Classical Music' by the Times of India when he was sixteen and was later proclaimed as 'India's 24-year-old Itzhak Perlman' by the Ozy Magazine.
In 2007, he was featured in an album 'Violin Maestros' for which he won Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GiMA) and also received the prestigious BiMA Award for the same album. Another album 'Live at Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig' which was released in 2009 got him another GiMA. The 26-year-old talented musician plays a 5-string acoustic or electric violin and a 4-string acoustic violin and endorses Realist violins and D'Addario strings.
Son of an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam and brother of an Indian/American singer-songwriter and pianist, Bindu Subramaniam, Ambi grasped the nuances of music from early childhood. When most of the music learners have to search for a guru, he was fortunate enough to have a master in his father himself who trained him in Carnatic violin from the age of 3. Other than his father, he has been strongly influenced by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, and Maxim Vengerov.
Born and brought up in Los Angeles, California, his family relocated to Bangalore in 1995. Ambi, a BBM graduate from Jain University, Bangalore, has an impressive voice harnessed by dedicated practice. He has also gained mastery in western classical violin, piano and Carnatic singing under the able guidance of his father.
As a fusion performer, he has delivered many solo performances and played duet violin concerts with Dr. L.Subramaniam. He secured the first rank in the Associated Board Royal School of Music's violin exams along with some special awards. Three-time winner of the Philomena Thumbochetty Award for Best Western Classical Violinist, Ambi has received distinctions in Piano and Western music exams.
Started playing at the age of 7 in Hyderabad at the Lakshminaraya Global Music Festival, he is still a regular performer at the festival. He has been a participant in many events and festivals including Sounds of India, Violins for Peace, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. He has also performed his father's composition at the Seattle Symphony in 2013.
Along with his sister, he is actively involved with the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa) which is a music school founded by his parents, L Subramaniam and famous singer Kavita Krishnamurthy. Started with a vision to promote global music in India, the school has trained over 4,000 underprivileged children in music. Apart from SaPa, the talented and gifted brother-sister duo has also launched a band called SubraMania in 2013.
The renowned violinist and composer has released his classical album, 'Just Playing' in 2016 after his debut album, 'Indian Violin', released in 2013 was an immense success. When Ambi is not playing or composing, he prefers listening to pop/rock to polish village music to Indian classical.