STELLENBOSCH INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
New Artists to the 2017 SICMF
Meena Bhasin is a violist and entrepreneur, forging a new role for the classical musician. She is a co-founder of Decoda, an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall and New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates and educators. Her passion to use music as a tool for cross-cultural dialogue started at the age of six with performances in Japan, Israel, China, and at the United Nations. Since then, Ms. Bhasin has further honed her interest in music as a tool for social change, leading projects around the globe, collaborating with local artists, and bringing music to places where it is rarely heard, including prisons, hospitals, schools, and shelters. She was also invited to perform at the Obama White House, highlighting Decoda’s work in criminal justice reform. Her latest venture, Reveler, seeks to cultivate a new generation of arts and culture lovers through an innovative business model that gives people access to the best arts and culture in San Francisco.
Ms. Bhasin is a member of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and also makes appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and A Far Cry Chamber Players. She relishes collaborations across genres and has toured the US as a soloist with legendary rock band Jethro Tull and performed Persian music as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Her chamber music collaborators have included Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Emanuel Ax, Joyce DiDinato, and Daniel Hope. As part of her training, Ms. Bhasin was in Ensemble Connect, the post-graduate leadership program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, where she taught and made frequent concert appearances on the Carnegie stages. Prior to that, she graduated as a Presser scholar from New England Conservatory and also holds a BA in international relations from Tufts University.
I’ve just been watching us on SABC and relived a wonderful hour or so. It was fabulous. It gives so much hope for our children. I was deeply moved as I looked at black kids from the so called informal settlements playing those instruments. It says wow,we have such fantastic potential. What an amazing country we have it in us to become. And you helped us to hold on to the dream of 1994. Thank you. It was a huge privilege. Love and blessings,
Arch. Desmond Tutu
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