Music by Mira T. Sundara Rajan
Mira is a classical pianist whose playing has been described as “much better than …perfect.” She has decades of experience behind her, and a growing commitment to recording and performing in her future. She is constantly exploring interdisciplinary creative endeavors that bring together her interests in music, literature, media, and advocacy, and that seek to open lines of communication between Western and Indian culture.
Mira has performed as a pianist under the auspices of the Canadian missions abroad, the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, the Edinburgh Music Festival, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Green College at the University of British Columbia, and the music societies of Christ Church and St. Peter’s colleges in Oxford.
Mira began her piano studies at age 7 with Wolfram Linnebach, and has since worked with noted pianists and teachers including Marc Durand at the Orford Arts Centre, Jacinthe Couture at the Université de Montréal, Raymond Fischer of the Royal College of Music, Don Himes in Toronto, Jane Coop at the University of British Columbia, and Jeff Ladeur in San Francisco. She has participated in summer festivals at the Orford Arts Centre and Medicine Hat College. She also studied for a year at the Paris CRR.
Mira’s core repertoire and interests include Bach, Beethoven’s late piano sonatas, and solo piano works by Brahms, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff; and contemporary music, including works by Schoenberg and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.
She is currently immersed in the works of composer and mystic, Alexander Scriabin. Her Scriabin Project includes performance, recording, and artistic presentation of selected piano works, as well as initial research and writing for a new biography of the composer. A second Project is to present and perform selected keyboard concertos of Bach.
Mira has also studied Carnatic music fundamentals with her mother, S. Vijaya Bharati – ancient classical music combining poetry and song, from the Southern part of India. From her mother, she has learned to sing compositions by her great-grandfather, C. Subramania Bharati, as the poet sang them himself, thereby continuing an oral tradition begun in the family by the poet himself.