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.