Carmel High School sophomore to perform with Honorary String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall • Current Editions

The second year of Carmel High School, Srikrishna Ganeshan, had a rare opportunity.

He was selected for the 2022 High School Honors performance series at Carnegie Hall. Srikrishna will play viola in February with the Honors String Orchestra. Participation in one of the five honorary sets is limited to the highest rated high school artists.

“I’m really excited to perform at Carnegie Hall with people from all over the world,” Ganeshan said. “Two years ago, in my eighth year, the Junior Honors performance at Carnegie Hall was canceled due to COVID. As a result, my expectations are high, and I anticipate having fun playing with talented musicians.

“I’m also excited to experience New York and make memories.”

The finalists will be in New York for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists and get a taste of New York. Two performances, an honorary instrumental performance and an honorary choral performance, will take place on February 5 and 6. Both shows are open to the public.

Ganeshan said he was looking forward to meeting new people and gaining experience at the same time.

“Since people will be coming from all over the world, it will be especially interesting to learn more about their origins and how their life differs from mine in the United States,” Ganeshan said. “I’m also generally talkative and outgoing, so talking to people I don’t know too well will be fun.”

The audition for the honors performance series was virtual in early 2021. Ganeshan was selected after a review by the honors selection panel.

“We were given two audition pieces, and I had to tape the video somewhere where the judges could see how I was holding my viola and my bow,” Ganeshan said.

Ganeshan switched from piano to viola in sixth grade. He said he chose the viola specifically because the stringed instrument’s note range is lower than that of the violin.

“I really like the complexity of the instrument and how expressive someone can be when playing,” Ganeshan said. “It also requires some multitasking, as you have to use your right hand to control the bow and the left hand to change notes. The expressiveness, coupled with the difficulty, makes the instrument more attractive to learn.

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