Savitri Grier has been learning the violin since the age of four. She attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music for 10 years, where she held a scholarship, and is currently studying with David Takeno while reading Music at Christ Church, Oxford.
In February 2012 Savitri was the winner of the Oxford Philomusica Concerto Competition, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, and she will perform with them in their next Sheldonian Theatre series. She won first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition in 2010, having previously won all available violin prizes at the Royal Academy of Music. These included the Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in July 2010 with the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra. Other accolades include ‘Brent Young Musician’ and ‘Rickmansworth Young Musician of the Year’ (2007), leading the Barbican Youth Orchestra (under Sir Colin Davis) in concerts in the Barbican Hall in 2008 and 2009, and being 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 second prize. Savitri is grateful for support from the MBF String Awards, the MMSF/PO Awards and the Hattori Foundation.
Savitri regularly performs with the Grier Trio, her sister Indira (cello) and her father, Francis Grier (piano). The Trio has given a number of concerts in the past season, including at St John’s, Smith Square in December 2011, and at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, in January 2012. For forthcoming performances, click here (opens in a new window). Savitri gave her first concerto performance in 2006, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra, after which the conductor Howard Moody described her playing as ‘Exquisite, expressive and sublime’. In 2007 she performed Bach’s E major concerto in Wembley Arena, and in 2008, with her sister Indira (cello), she premiered a new Double Concerto by her father, Francis Grier. Of that performance conductor John Lubbock wrote: ‘. . . the playing of the two girls. . .was a revelation: they are both extraordinarily gifted and confident, and the difficult work seemed to pose no problems for either of them. They played it with an amazing degree of knowledge and understanding despite this being the first performance. Altogether a wonderful experience.’ In 2010 Savitri performed Mozart’s Adagio in E with the Barbican Youth Orchestra in a concert in the Barbican Hall, after leading the BYO in 2008 and 2009 under Sir Colin Davis. Savitri and Indira will be performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, and Savitri will make her Royal Albert Hall debut in July with a performance of the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn.