The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) will be visiting India on its second tour in September, following the success of its 2015 tour under the baton of acclaimed maestro Mumbai-born Zubin Mehta. Importantly, in 2015, the AWO’s concerts in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi were made possible by the Australian government and several corporate houses.
This time, the AWO will comprise 52 Australian musicians from orchestras around the world, including the Indian-origin violinist Sagar Nagaraj. The musicians will perform a program of Mozart, Bizet and Beethoven in three cities as part of Australia Fest, a festival of Australian culture and creativity taking place across India.
Importantly, Sagar Nagaraj started playing the violin at the age of 8. He has been involved with the Sydney Youth Orchestra since 2012, playing as Associate Concertmaster for the Philharmonic Orchestra and principal Second Violin for the Flagship Orchestra under esteemed Australian conductors like Matthew Coorey, Fabian Russell, Max McBride, and Alexander Briger. The Indian-origin musician is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at Macquarie University, and is currently assisting research into the effects of brain stimulation on musical improvisation.