Violin maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam and his son, Ambi Subramaniam, also an acclaimed violinist in his own right, recently concluded the European leg of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2011–12, now in its 20th year.
Concerts were held in France, Germany, Brussels and Italy. In France, the highlight was their collaboration with noted organist Andy Emler in Royaumont. In Germany, they performed in 3 cities- Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich in prestigious venues such as the Frankfurt Opera House and the RBB Radio Hall in Berlin. In Brussels they performed in the Bozar Centre for Performing Arts, the most esteemed venue in the country.
The LGMF travelled to Italy for the first time ever, with performances in Cremona, Piacenza, Parma and Milan. Cremona provided a historic backdrop for the festival, being the home of Antonio Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri, the three most famous violin-makers of all-time. It also had the unique distinction of being the first ever Indian performance in the city. The concert was well attended by the local audience, which included many musicians and most notably, over 100 violin makers.
In Piacenza, the performance was at a very special venue- a 13th century castle. Parma again was a historically significant venue, being the final resting place of Nicolo Paganini, the legendary 19th century violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam has been compared with. Paganini lent his name to the 24 extraordinarily challenging Western classical compositions known as the ‘Paganini Caprices’.
The last concert in Milan featured legendary playback singer Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam who enthralled audiences with her magnificent renditions of her Bollywood hits, bringing in Diwali spirit early. The final leg of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival will be held across India in December, this edition having special significance, being the 100th birth anniversary of Prof. V. Lakshminarayana.