New York, NY
Vivek Menon is a violinist, songwriter, and session musician based in New York City. Since he first picked up a violin at the age of three, Vivek has used music as an intensely personal and spiritual form of self-expression. He is a classically trained violinist, and has worked with notable classical musicians such as Jennifer Koh, Donald Weilerstein, Ray Chen, and members of the Kronos and Emerson string quartets.
An accomplished performer, Vivek attended the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in 2017 on full scholarship as a Thomas Kenan Fellow, and in 2019 was invited to perform as a scholarship student at both Wisconsin's Madeline Island Chamber Music festival and soundSCAPE Contemporary Performance Exchange in Cesena, Italy. Vivek seeks to further the work of people of color, women, and gender non-conforming composers who face erasure and other barriers within the industry.
He is disillusioned with the stoic and stagnant culture surrounding classical music, and is continually reimagining the experience of listening to a violin performance. Vivek is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in violin performance at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Phil Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi, and Arnaud Sussmann.