Don Krishnaswami Biography
Classical Occasions' Founder and General Manager Don Krishnaswami is an active performing violinist and violist in the Boston area. An orchestral and chamber musician, he has toured domestically from coast to coast with the Boston Pops, including appearances at major music festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, and Interlochen. He has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of other engagements have included the North American Tour of Star Wars in Concert, produced by Lucasfilm, Ltd., and appearances as back-up musician with such jazz and pop giants as Mel Torme, Cleo Lane, Natalie Cole, Sarah Brightman, The Moody Blues, Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell, The Irish Tenors, Donny Osmond, Smokey Robinson, K.D. Lang, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Cetera (Chicago), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Anne Murray, Deep Purple, and Earth, Wind and Fire.
In chamber music, he has collaborated with current and former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including as guest artist with the Walden Chamber Players, and has been a core member of the Art of Music Chamber Players. He is also a founding member of the LiveARTS String Quartet and South Coast Chamber Music Society. Radio appearances have included Classical Performances with Richard Knisely on WGBH Radio, Boston; Paine Webber’s Traditions on WNCN Radio, New York; and Listening Room with Bob Sherman on WQXR Radio, New York.
Don holds a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious and world-renowned Juilliard School.