Viswa Subbaraman is the Artistic and Music Director of The Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.
Raised in Texas, Viswa studied music and biology at Duke University before assisting William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor; North Carolina Symphony.
After his master’s degree at Texas Tech University he got a Fulbright Grant to study conducting with John Nelson in Paris where he was also Visiting Assistant Conductor of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Subbaraman was offered a post by Kurt Masur with the Orchestre National de France. After his year, Subbaraman received the first ever Fulbright grant issued by the French Fullbright commission.
Subbaraman has conducted orchestras such as Bombay Chamber Orchestra (Mumbai, India), Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestre National de France (Paris, France), Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Subbaraman was debut conductor at the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center D.C. for the National Conducting Institute.
He got an MBA from McCombs School of Business, UT Austin and is collaborating with renowned economics professor Michael Brandl to write a business primer for musicians. Viswa studied with prominent conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, David Effron, Gunther Schuller. He received the Edward C. Lynch Fellowship. Most recently, Subbaraman was invited to be an INK fellow as part of the INKTalks in Mumbai.
Before Milwaukee, Subbaraman was the Artistic Director/Founder of Opera Vista in Houston where he conducted the world premiere of James Norman's Wake…, the Texas Premiere and historic New Orleans premiere of Amy Beach's Cabildo, and the creation of the annual Vista Competition for new opera.
Viswa lives in Milwaukee with his cats Milton and Cameron and considers himself a devout fan of college basketball.
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