Holly Venkitaswaran, a finalist in The Final Forte 2019, plays Schubert, and shares insights about music and life.


Our next story features Holly Venkitaswaran, a Bolz Young Artist Competition finalist who performed in The Final Forte 2019. She plays the “Introduction and Variations on ‘Trockne Blumen’ D.802” by Franz Schubert.

Following her two and a half minute performance, Holly shares her passion for the flute and the wide range of repertoire available — from classical, to jazz and music from throughout the world. She reveals moments that helped confirm her dream of making music a career. Her story about playing with our orchestra during The Final Forte is an adventure! Five minutes before going on stage, her flute broke. Find out how she quickly adapted and then performed with grace. Holly shares her views about the power of music to help communicate the human condition, and how it teaches us that we are not alone — we are a community with everyone. She also gives young flutists tips, and shares one of her goals to lead the next generation of musicians.

About Holly Venkitaswaran

Holly Venkitaswaran is a college sophomore studying at Vanderbilt University. As a recipient of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship, she is currently studying flute performance with Molly Barth. In competitions this past season, she won the 2019 Wisconsin Flute Festival Young Artist competition and the 2018 Chicago Flute Club Competition — Senior Division. Holly made her solo debut in March 2019 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra performing Francois Borne’s “Carmen Fantasy” as one of four finalists in the Bolz Young Artist Competition. This year, she performed on WFMT’s radio show “Introductions,” a platform which showcases young classical musicians in the greater Chicago area. She also performed a solo recital on Wisconsin Public Radio this November. She is grateful to her former teachers Hideko Amano, Caylee Wells, and Amy Taylor.

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