Vasanth Subramaniam

Vasanth SubramaniamVasanth plays violin and joined QUO in September 2014

How did you come to join QUO?
I came to know about QUO via the internet. I was learning and performing with a strings group when it occurred to me that a full-fledged orchestra would be fun to be part of. QUO seemed diverse and inclusive and that was important to me. It has certainly been an enriching and fun experience.

What is your favorite place to take friends visiting NYC?
Central park is my top favorite. Be it biking, running or just a lazy stroll, the park is a great place to visit and hang out.

What musical symbol best defines you and why?
Rest: I often find myself juggling a bunch of tasks and it certainly helps to have a breather every now and then and the same holds true while playing the violin!

How long have you been playing violin?
I started really late – right after college! I learned Indian classical vocal (Carnatic) during my childhood and adolescence but longed to play an instrument. I don’t exactly remember why I chose the violin (maybe it was too obvious a choice for me) but I’m glad I did. I began taking lessons in New Delhi and subsequently continued wherever work took me – across continents. I took lessons in London when I lived there and then continued when I moved here to New York. I have been playing now for over a decade.

Question from Alan: Has being a musician been a plus or minus in your personal relationships?
Being a musician has certainly been a plus in relationships. Some of the greatest friendships I’ve made are via music. Like any other art form, music can create a deeper connection.