Dr. L. Subramaniam, a legendary Indian violinist, composer and conductor, has played with orchestras all over the world, but he says he's thrilled to be back with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO).
Subramaniam and some of his musical family members will take the stage tonight and tomorrow night with ROSO for two nights filled with his own compositions and arrangements, including music from East and West, at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM).
"We'll play Indian classical to western jazz, western classical to the symphony with five Indian languages, and then there's the Bollywood. It's a cross-section of my work," Subramaniam explained.
Since he was just a boy, Subramaniam has been a violin virtuoso, largely influenced by his father, who was also a violinist. Though he studied medicine, and graduated as a medical doctor, music was always his passion, and over the years he has made over 200 recordings in all genres of music.
Not only is the diverse lineup that Subramaniam has chosen to share at the ROHM sure to have a piece or two to please everyone in the audience, but it is also good for ROSO because it highlights the various sections of the orchestra and allows them to play to their strengths, he explained. He said the musicians are having fun with the music, especially with the Bollywood songs, which will feature his wife Kavita Krishnamurti and daughter Bindu Sumbramaniam.
Having played with ROSO a couple of times in Muscat, as well as in Berlin, he is familiar with the ensemble and has high hopes for them not just for the concerts at the ROHM, but beyond.
"ROSO has the fantastic potential of becoming a very strong orchestra in this region," Subramaniam said, while taking a break from rehearsals to speak with Times of Oman.
Subramaniam has often been asked to compose pieces for different orchestras, and he said he would also like to write something for ROSO, should he be given the chance. He likes to write pieces that show off the musicians' best abilities, so he said he would include a touch of local flavour in a symphony for ROSO.
"I would love to take some of the famous old, traditional Omani compositions and incorporate them with Arab tones, and create a symphony, with of course some soloists, for some multicolour, strong Omani flavour," he said.
Not only is Subramaniam happy to be back playing with ROSO, he said it's also a pleasure working with Christian Eggen again. Eggen is a Norwegian pianist, composer and conductor who will be conducting the two concerts. Subramaniam said he once worked with him and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also added that playing at the ROHM is an amazing experience, since it is such a beautiful building and his music sounds so good in the auditorium. "It's a dream for any composer or musician to hear his music here. It's a very, very inspiring place," Subramanian said. For tickets or more information about the show, visit the ROHM box office or www.rohmuscat.org.om.