Saram, Mandhira de International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Violinist, improviser, and composer, founder of Ligeti Quartet, which won recognition as one of UK’s leading string ensembles and international acclaim for mapping out new territories in contemporary music. She explores similar, less trodden paths in her collaborations with such artists as Anna Meredith, Benoît Delbecq, Laura Jurd, and Shabaka Hutchings. De Saram’s main projects include performances with internationally acclaimed improvisers such as Steve Beresford, Jason Singh, and Wadada Leo Smith. She also regularly appears with Riot Ensemble and London Contemporary Orchestra, records film soundtracks at Abbey Road studios, and improvises in Cafe Oto. In 2019 she was commissioned by the Barbican Centre, Culture Mile, and Musicity to compose and record a site-specific work for solo violin for Barbican’s Sound Unbound. De Saram has performed at such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, London’s Purcell Room and Kings Place, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 in the In Tune series, Music Matters, Jazz on 3, Hear and Now, New Music Show, and Late Junction. The artist currently plays a 1735 Sanctus Seraphin violin, kindly loaned to her by Derek Clements-Croome.