Bharat Chandra


Bharat Chandra

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First season with the SO: 2001

Degrees / Colleges: Undergraduate work in Clarinet Performance with a Minor in Ethics at Southern Methodist University. A Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Three years of post-graduate fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami. 

Awards / Musical Accomplishments you are most proud of: Being presented the Gunther Schuller Medal from the New England Conservatory in front of my father, Sharat, my teacher, Richard Stoltzman and my fellow graduates. (It was a complete surprise.) Serving as Guest Principal Clarinet at the Sydney Opera House. Chamber music at the Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center. Performing with the extraordinary musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz), and the Nordic Symphony Orchestra (Tallinn) where the musicians represent at least 12 different nations.

Hobbies / interests: Photography, poetry, and frisbee with my dog. Cooking with my daughters & drinking wine with my wife. I'm a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Royals. Gates Barbecue is still the best, but I've dallied. My new nephew, Aubrey, is another beam of sunshine from the midwest. Family time with my wife, sisters, and my brother-in-law is heaven on earth.

My dream is to: Someday look back and see that I had helped create a generous, diverse, and interesting life for my family through music – and to have been appreciated by my community.

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I'm the son of the late Indian poet G. S. Sharat Chandra and of Jane Chandra, a retired schoolteacher in Overland Park, KS. I'm married to Anne Chandra, a violinist with the Orchestra, and the most amazing woman in the world.

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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