Preetha Narayanan

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: London


Preetha Narayanan is an accomplished violinist who has performed and led projects extensively around the world as a soloist, collaborator, and in her own collaborative ensembles, FLUX, Quest Ensemble, and Balladeste. Merging Western and Indian Classical training with a wide range of influences from her collaborations and research, Preetha is sought after for her distinctive voice and unique sound. She has also worked with notable artists including Talvin Singh, Anoushka Shankar, Jocelyn Pook, Oi Va Voi, Shammi Pithia, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Manu Delago, and Kate Tempest.

Originally from Memphis,TN, Preetha received her Bachelor of Music degree in Western Classical Performance from Vanderbilt University, during which time she performed and trained in renowned Classical Festivals in both the United States and Europe. In 2006, she was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, which took her to Chennai, India to study Carnatic violin with Shri T.N. Krishnan and voice under the guidance of Smt. Seetha Rajan. Preetha subsequently moved to London where she completed a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Alongside her thriving artistic life, Preetha is an active researcher and recently received a doctorate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As an educator who strives to communicate across cultures and styles through her creative practice, Preetha regularly works with London Music Masters, Soundscreative Projects, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Centre/Guildhall, and Aldeburgh Music. She has also forged international relationships through her workshops and professional training for artist-teachers in Korea, Israel, Palestine, Southeast Asia, and India.