Savitri Grier (born 1992) is currently studying with David Takeno. She made her Royal Albert Hall debut in 2012 with a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. In May 2015, Savitri was selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
Savitri has had numerous competition successes. Recently she was selected for the Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists Recital Scheme 2015-2017. Other successes include winning the Oxford Philomusica Concerto Competition (2012) with her performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto and being awarded First Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (2010); recently Savitri was a finalist in the 2015 Royal Over-Seas League Competition. She was the youngest finalist in both the Windsor Festival International String Competition (2009) and the Bromsgrove Festival International Young Musicians Platform (2010), where on both occasions she was awarded the Second Prize. In June 2013, Savitri was featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, playing the oldest known Stradivarius violin, the 1666 ‘Serdet’. Savitri held a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior dept.) from 2001-2011, where she won all available prizes. Prior to her studies with David Takeno, she studied with Arisa Fujita. Savitri is grateful for support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Worshipful Company of Musicians for their assistance towards her postgraduate study.
After her 2012 performance of the Sibelius violin concerto with the Oxford Philomusica, the Oxford Times wrote: “Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D Minor presents a challenge for the most seasoned soloist, but Ms Grier tackled it with remarkable confidence, poise and maturity, displaying both solid technique and natural musicality. With her virtuosic handling of the cadenzas, and the expressive movement of her body, she was mesmerizing both to watch and listen to…This was a compelling performance of one of the great early 20th century masterpieces, and it was a privilege to witness a new star in the making.”
Since giving her first concerto performance in 2006, Savitri has appeared as concerto soloist across the UK, including at Wembley Arena and the Barbican Hall, where she performed Mozart’s Adagio in E with the Barbican Youth Orchestra, after leading the BYO in 2008 and 2009 under Sir Colin Davis. In 2008, with her sister Indira (cello), she premiered a new Double Concerto by her father, Francis Grier; Savitri & Indira have further collaborated in performances of the Brahms Double concerto. Recent concerto appearances have included multiple performances the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev D major, Sibelius and Beethoven concertos. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Savitri has performed across the UK, and in Italy, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Savitri regularly performs with the Grier Trio, her sister Indira (cello) and her father, Francis Grier (piano). The Trio has performed across the UK in venues including St John’s, Smith Square, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, and at Blackheath Halls. In June 2015, the Trio collaborated with Andrew Marriner for a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Savitri has participated in festivals and masterclasses across Europe, including the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and the Holland International Music Sessions; she has studied with internationally renowned musicians such as Ferenc Rados, Johannes Goritski, Maxim Vengerov, Andras Keller, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Thomas Adès, and Ana Chumachenco amongst others. Savitri regularly attends the invitation-only IMS Prussia Cove ‘Open Chamber Music’ festival. She was invited to perform in the chamber music festival Musique á Marsac in southwest France in 2014. Her chamber music partners have included Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, and Alasdair Beatson. Savitri has enjoyed participating in the Aidan Woodcock Charity’s ‘Maiastra’ Chamber Music courses led by Arisa Fujita.
In June 2014 Savitri graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, with First-Class Honours. She began her Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in September 2014, where she holds the Ruth Wright Memorial Award Scholarship.