First Prize: Sachin Shukla, “To Christabel: Exploring the Origins of William Walton’s Viola Concerto”
– to be published in JAVS, vol. 38, no. 2, Fall 2022
Award winning artist-scholar of the viola Sachin Shukla is based in Boston, MA. His competition awards include first place in the 2021 Northwestern Viola Prize as well as prizes from the Society of American Musicians and the Illinois ASTA. Festival appearances include the Bowdoin International Music Festival and as a recitalist and composer at the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival, and he has played in masterclasses for Steven Dann and Mimi Zweig, among others. Performances with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles have led him to venues such as NEC’s Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Sachin’s prize winning article, “To Christabel: Exploring the Origins of William Walton’s Viola Concerto,” is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Viola Society, after garnering first place in the 2021 David Dalton Research Competition. He is currently working on a project applying the insights of music theory to performance in the Bach cello suites.
Sachin is currently on the viola faculty of the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA and also teaches with the Village Music School and Traveling Music Lessons in Boston. He is pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory with Mai Motobuchi and is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied with Helen Callus. He also studied violin and viola pedagogy there with Stacia Spencer, a disciple of renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig.
In addition to his musical activities, Sachin is also a public policy enthusiast. He has served as research assistant to noted labor economist Diane Schanzenbach and Ajay K. Mehrotra, Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation. At Northwestern, he also served on the executive board of the university’s Political Union for three years, culminating in a term as co-president. https://sachinshukla.com/