Meet the Violin Brothers
Initially the Violin Brothers had their basic training in Indian Classical music from their father Sri Nikhilesh Roy and later on they had the opportunity to become the disciple of the Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Besides classical music, they are open to different genres of music like the pop, the jazz and world music etc. They have been inspired to compose their own style of music in the form of world music and recorded their first album “VIOLIN BROTHERS” in 2001 which was released by Times Music, Mumbai. After their first disc, they recorded another splendid album named the “BANDISH SYMPHONY” where the music was composed by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan while the brothers themselves arranged and played it. Other albums of the Violin Brothers namely Violin Lounge, Alap, Tagore Quintet etc. are also remarkable.
The Violin Brothers have been performing with their group since 1998 in India and abroad. The most remarkable venues and forums where the two brothers have performed include Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Forum in Barcelona, various music festivals in France, Belgium, Morocco and the Paleo festival in Switzerland. They performed at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory in 2011. Deb Sankar has performed at the “Toronto Centre for the Arts” as a guest conductor with the Toronto Youth Orchestra.
The Violin Brothers School of Music
If music be the food of love, play on…….William Shakespeare
The Violin Brothers set up their Music School in Salt Lake, Kolkata with the primary aim of imparting proper training to budding musicians in Western Classical Music. Being widely acclaimed professional musicians themselves with sterling professional careers and having national and international exposure spread over several decades, the Violin Brothers had the vision to establish a music school that filled a vacuum in the sphere of teaching and learning Western Classical Music in the eastern part of India.
Music is excellent as both a hobby and a career. Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and help in the formation of effective study and work habits. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression while giving pleasure to others and as such music is considered a therapy.
Music has a great power of bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity. Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.
No wonder the Violin Brothers School of Music now boasts of students that come from the different strata of society, students aged between 7 and 70, students who come to learn and study music for very different reasons and aims and aspirations. For the young, it can both be an edifying experience and an enlightening extra-curricular activity for life. For those more seriously inclined towards music, it can be a field of pursuit in higher studies and can eventually prepare talented students for a professional career in music. We arrange for our promising students to appear and successfully complete diplomas and licentiate courses of institutions like the Trinity College of Music, London so the education that they receive in our institution can be further strengthened and fortified. For many others it is an excellent leisure-time activity, acts as a soothing balm and helps erase the cares and tribulations of life.
Orchestras are an important part of the community fabric. We are also optimistic that students, who will successfully complete our course, will be part of a professional ensemble and will highlight the cultural image of the state. We hope such an orchestra will foster creative and imaginative endeavours in the field of Western Classical Music in the city of Kolkata and beyond and will put our city, our state and our country securely in the international arena of music.
The Violin Brothers sincerely hope that by giving excellent musical education to our students, we will help in building a creative, healthy and happy society. We also hope to be able to bequeath excellent training in music to our young generations, something that would endure for decades to come. We extend our heartfelt thanks and very good wishes to all our students, guardians and well-wishers.
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Inauguration of Violin Brothers School Of Music in association with Uttoran Foundation in Barackpore..
Since 2004 Deb Sankar has been composing and arranging three albums with the renowned French singer Mr Ollivier Leroy in France and has also composed and arranged for the album of another popular French singer Mr Thomas Farsen and worked for the album “Slow Joe” in France.
Deb Sankar performed at the Toronto Centre for the Arts as a guest conductor. He composed and arranged five compositions based on Tagore songs in the form of a chamber orchestra and performed with a chamber orchestra and choir at Toronto Center For Arts .
In 1987 Mr. Zubin Mehta, the then Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, came to Calcutta for a concert. Pandit Ravi Shankar, the great sitar maestro of international repute, was kind enough to introduce us to the celebrated conductor by saying, “I know these two boys personally. Please listen to them.” We had the privilege to see Mr. Mehta the next day when we played Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. We were fortunate to receive praise and impressive recommendations (“gifted musicians”) from the internationally-acclaimed conductor, Mr. Zubin Mehta.
Pandit Ravi Shankar
We had the privilege to play under the direction of the great musical maestro and sitar exponent of international repute, Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1984-85. We worked for him in two of his recordings, in one of which we played in Shanti Dhwani a project by the maestro. Pt. Ravi Shankar praised us saying, “They are good musicians and worked with me for the recording of Shanti Dhwani. They are very hard-working and talented musicians.”
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
We also had the privilege to work for the internationally-renowned Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan besides being his disciples. The album, the ‘Bandish Symphony ‘ is based on Ustadji’s compositions. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan wrote this about us:”It gives me immense happiness and joy to write my thoughts for Deb Shankar and Jyoti Shankar for their new album. Both brothers are one of the most talented violin duos I have heard. …. I feel very proud to have them as my disciples and wish them all the very best in a career that is already extraordinary.”
– Queen Elizabeth Hall in London
– Forum in Barcelona ,Spain
– Paleo Festival In Switzerland
– Moscow conservatory
– Toronto Center For Arts
– Tampa Performing Arts, Florida
– Dover Lane Indian Classical Music Conference, India
– Uttorpara Indian Classical Music Conference, India