Child’s Play (India) Foundation is pleased to announce a violin-viola duo informal lecture recital featuring Owen Dalby and Meena Bhasin. Entry is free.

They have agreed to do this at very short notice, and the programme will certainly feature one of the famous Mozart duos for violin and viola (K. 423-424). There will be opportunities to interact with them as well, so string players, do bring your instruments along!

Pass the word on to others who might be interested, especially young minds.

Do RSVP if you are able (or not) to attend, though, so it becomes easier to plan the logistics. Any help here will also be greatly appreciated. For enquiries, do call 9011051950 or email.

Here is a short biography of our featured artists:

Dalby and Bhasin belong to Ensemble ACJW, an inspirational collective of outstanding young professionals from The Academy- a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City department of Education that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to performance and programming.

Owen Dalby, violin

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Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. He is a co-founding Artistic Director of The Declassified, a pioneering chamber music society of New York’s finest young instrumentalists, educators, and entrepreneurs.

His recent solo performances include Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and the world premiere of Look Around You, a concerto by Timothy Andres for solo violin (doubling viola), with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Owen is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and holds the principal second violin chair in the Princeton Symphony, and appears frequently with leading groups in and around New York City such as Le Train Bleu, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the Metropolis Ensemble.

Owen brings a special zeal to music written before 1800, and can be heard on baroque violin with Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and Trinity Wall Street’s Baroque Orchestra and Choir. From 2007-2010 he was a fellow of The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer’s life with advanced training in education, community engagement and arts advocacy. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn.

Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburg to Honolulu. His collaborators have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle.

He received early training at the Crowden School in Berkeley, California and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University.

Meena Bhasin, viola

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Meena Bhasin is an entrepreneurial violist who is interested in forging new roles for the classical musician. Her passion for cultural dialogue has led her to projects all over the globe from China and Israel to Iran and Ghana, using the human experience of music as a unifying force for mutual understanding. For the past three years she was a fellow in the Academy – a post- graduate leadership program backed by Carnegie Hall and Juilliard – where she appeared regularly at Carnegie Hall and taught in the New York City public schools, working to make music an integral part of the New York City community. It is here that she created the MUSIC Exchange – a project whose goal was to foster a dialogue between recently resettled refugee youth, students from inner city schools, and professional musicians.

In performance Meena pursues her diverse interests, collaborating with a range of world-class artists. Her recent engagements have included performances with Emanuel Ax and Sir Simon Rattle, appearances with band Vampire Weekend on Saturday Night Live and MTV Unplugged, and a tour of the US as a soloist with legendary British rock band Jethro Tull. Meena grew up under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, and graduated with honors from a dual degree program in international relations at Tufts University and viola performance at New England Conservatory.

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