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Violist, violinist and composer Donald Krishnaswami enjoys an active performing, teaching, and composing career in the Boston area.  Among his compositional output, in addition to tonight’s work,  The Swordfishers , are  Duo for Two Violins, The Inward Morning  for baritone, flute, clarinet, and cello (commissioned and premiered by Seattle-based  Simple Measures  and made possible by a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle),  String Quartet No. 1, String Quartet No. 2 (“Sketches from Youth”),  two string trios (the second of which includes a “Threnody” based on the composer’s emotional responses to the tragedy of  September 11, 2001 ),  Quintet for Trumpet and Strings , and sacred music for voice and piano/organ.  His  String Quartet No. 1  was premiered in 2009 by Boston Symphony Orchestra members Alexander Velinzon, Ala Jojatu, and Mihail Jojatu, with the composer on viola.  The work also received the distinction of being a finalist in the 2013 Clefworks Composition Competition, judged by the San Francisco-based  Del Sol Quartet .  Praised by  The Seattle Times  as "jazzy, rolling, hypnotic,"  Quintet for Trumpet and Strings  received its premiere by  Simple Measures , featured in a program of chamber music choreographed for dance by Seattle-based  Spectrum Dance Theater .  Mr. Krishnaswami has written original music and arrangements appearing on two compact disc releases from The Christian Science Publishing Society, one of which was winner of the 2003  DeRose-Hinkhouse Award of Excellence .

As a performing musician, Mr. Krishnaswami has appeared in numerous chamber music recitals, including many in collaboration with members of the Boston Symphony.  He is Artistic Director of LiveARTS of Franklin (MA) where he founded the LiveARTS String Quartet, with which he performs on viola with violinists Irina Muresanu, Boston Landmarks Orchestra concertmaster Gregory Vitale, and cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws.  Orchestras in the Boston and New York areas with which Mr. Krishnaswami has performed include the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the orchestras of Boston Lyric Opera and Boston Ballet.
 
Mr. Krishnaswami is a Visiting Associate Professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.  He holds a Master of Music degree in viola and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and Leon Kirchner, and violin, viola and chamber music with Christine Dethier, Lillian Fuchs, William Lincer, Samuel Rhodes, Robert Mann, Joel Krosnick, and Samuel Sanders.

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