Bengaluru violin prodigy set to study neuroscience

Anusha Madapura, the young violinist from Bengaluru, stands out as a prodigious talent.

She recently performed a chaconne by Italian composer and violinist Tomaso Antonio Vitali, and is scheduled to perform with the South Asian Symphony Orchestra this weekend in Chennai.

The 18-year-old girl has been playing the violin since the age of four. His mother Gayathri Tirthapura is the founder and director of an NGO in the city and his father Subramanya Madapura, is a software engineer.

“From what my parents tell me, I’ve always had a penchant for music. At the age of three, I started to learn the piano, but later I got so absorbed in the violin that I didn’t want to explore other instruments,” she tells Metrolife.

She finds the instrument soothing and stimulating at the same time. “It’s one of the most difficult instruments to play. While I’m learning all the technical aspects, it’s hard to make a composition my own. Often when you learn a composition, you tend to copy the original artist, but it’s important to make the music your own,” she says.

She enjoys playing concertos and American violinist Hilary Hahn is one of her favourites. “She has always been my idol and I recently went to meet her at a music festival in the United States,” she says.

Anusha has been a member of the Bangalore School of Music Orchestra since the age of nine.

“I also like to play chamber music. I like to sit down with a group, organize a performance and find my place,” she says.

Anusha is ready to go to the University of Southern California to get a bachelor’s degree. “Music is what I would like to pursue professionally. I have two majors. My main specialty is music and the interpretation of the violin. My second is neuroscience,” she says.

As a musician, she says, it’s important to connect with the audience.

“You can’t just go out and perform a complicated piece of music. You need to simplify it just enough for the audience to connect and have a great experience,” she explains.