Music has long been used to reflect the emotions that move us. And the emotion that moves us most is love: yearning, flirtatious, seductive, the innocent wonder of a first love, patiently waiting for the return of a loved one, or bitterly mourning the betrayal of love.
The programme will include French and Spanish art songs, German lieder, arias from Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and some piano solos.
Ashwati Parameshwar, a gifted soprano, began singing at age 7, studying Carnatic Music until the age of 13 in Bombay. At 17 she began to study Western musical techniques. She got a B.A. in English and Music from St. Lawrence University, N.Y., where she was on the Dean’s List every semester, graduating magna cum laude in 2004. During this period, she received personal vocal coaching. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In 2011, she started training with Situ Singh Buehler – an accomplished concert artiste and voice coach trained in Germany. Under her tutelage Ashwati’s training has culminated in an Associate of Trinity College London diploma in vocal performance.
She has participated in several operas in Delhi, including Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. She was a soloist in the 2012 Mozart Magic concert, under the baton of George Mathew, and in the 2013 Verdi Gala in Delhi and Kolkata under Maestro Marco Balderi. Over the last few years, she has given several solo performances in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Trivandrum. In September 2016, she performed in France, in a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the earliest operas ever written.
Ashwati is a founder member of the Lyric Ensemble of Delhi, the city’s premier western music group for the stage, covering jazz, opera, and musical theatre. With them, Ashwati has performed both as a soloist and with the ensemble in several concerts while helping run the group. She played a leading role in their production of Giancarlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2016 and 2017.
Ashwati is also a sought-after coach, offering classes and workshops.
Natallia K. Kapylova
Natallia is a concert pianist. Her career is unique in spanning a huge range of musical settings. Breathtaking displays of classical and jazz masterpieces are stirred with love and passion. Exploration of different genres of music, old and new, is her forte.
She commenced her piano training at the age of seven and was under the tutelage of Prof. Yushkevitch at the Belarus State Conservatory where she obtained a highest degree in Classical Piano Performance, Artist of Chamber Ensemble and Concertmaster Diploma. Natallia has worked as a Concertmaster at the Belarus Academy of Music and as a piano teacher at the Belarus College of Arts. She contributes generously of her time and talent to these institutes and the Concert Brigade of Belarus Society of Blind.
Ever since she moved to India in 2002, she has been working with select group of students to prepare them for the various programs, competitions and music examinations such as ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and LCM, to name a few. Her students have featured at the various concerts across India, they have also won the top prizes at several all-India piano competitions. Born in Belarus, Natallia lives in Bangalore, where she gives performances as a soloist besides collaborating with other musicians. Today, Natallia is much sought after as a piano virtuoso, accompanist and educator.