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Over the last year, Savitri has made her debut as soloist with the Concerto Budapest, and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestras. She appeared as guest concertmaster with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, on the invitation of Ivan Fischer, and will rejoin them in future projects.
Other highlights included recitals in Mumbai, and concerts across Europe at the Podium Festival (Stuttgart), in Warsaw, Sendesaal Bremen, Chapelle Royale Brussels, Royal Welsh College of Music and Cambridge Music Festival.
This season Savitri appears as soloist with the CBSO Youth Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia, takes part in concerts with her regular ensemble, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, and gives recitals across the UK and Germany.
Over the last two years Savitri has collaborated with the renowned sarod players Amaan Ali & Ayaan Ali Bangash at The Times Swarsangam Music Festival, taken part in a British Council chamber project in Qatar, given a series of concerts in China, and worked closely with a youth orchestra, within their community in Balanyá, Guatamala. In 2019 she undertook a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with pianist Richard Uttley.
Solo appearances include the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, London Mozart Players, Welsh National Opera, Barbican Young and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestras, among many others. She has given recitals at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and appeared at major festivals and venues across the UK.
Sought after as a chamber musician she has performed with the Dvorak Quartet at Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, undertaken an IMS Prussia Cove tour, collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis, Kryzstof Chorzelski, Richard Uttley, Andrew Marriner and Alasdair Beatson. She is regularly invited to festivals including IMS Prussia Cove, Krzyzowa Music in Poland, and East Neuk Festival.
Savitri studied at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, and the Universität der Künste Berlin with Nora Chastain. She was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2015 and is currently based in Berlin.
During her studies she participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Johannes Goritski, Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Thomas Adès, and was especially grateful for guidance from Ana Chumachenco and Andras Keller. Awards include 1st Prize at the Oxford Philomusica and Tunbridge Wells International Competitions.
Savitri plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on generous loan from the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust.
"Grier's tone was sweet and elegant, and surprisingly mellow. She was wonderfully technically assured. She sang Elgar's line effortlessly but brought welcome flashes of temperament…[and] gave us a thoughtful, inward account of the concerto. Throughout she seemed at ease with the concerto's style so that its constant changes of metre and harmony flowed naturally and were never restless."
Planet Hugill / St John’s Smith Square - Elgar Concerto / February 2019
"...a formidable violinist of full tone and strong personality."
Arcana - Ben Hogwood / Wigmore Hall / March 2018
"...the highlight of the evening: an account of Chausson’s Poème for violin and orchestra, in which Savitri Grier was the wonderfully assured and lyrically poised soloist."
The Guardian / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Norfolk & Norwich Festival / May 2016
"When Savitri Grier performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Sinfonia of Birmingham under Michael Seal, it was her playing that took the spotlight - a deep, eloquent tone, making every line sing, and all delivered with remarkable poise and flair."
Birmingham Post / Birmingham Sinfonia - Sibelius Concerto / May 2016