Vijay Venkat

Vijay is an outstanding musician with the unique distinction of being one of the very few artists capable of performing on the violin, the flute and the vichitra veena (an ancient Indian fret-less slide instrument) with equal virtuosity.  He also plays a number of other musical instruments like the viola, shehnai, mukha veena, slide guitar, mridangam, keyboards, chopo choor (a Kyrgyzstan’s folk wind instrument) with facility and verve, and is an accomplished singer. 

Vijay has performed in venues all over Britain including Queen Elizabeth’s Hall, South Bank Centre and The Nehru Centre, London; York Minster; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Birmingham Symphony Hall; The Curve, Leicester; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; The Lowry, Salford; Howard Assembly Room, Leeds.   He was commissioned by Alchemy and The Leeds Library to produce a piece of music for The Haunting.  He is an empanelled artist for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).  He was born in Madras, South India, into a family of acclaimed musicians.  His father and prime mentor is one of India’s foremost mridangam players. Vijay holds an M.Phil in Anthropology from the University of Madras and a Masters in Music from Middlesex University.