Sridhar Bhagavathula is a Madison-based flutist bent on bringing his unique personality to any music he plays. As an active chamber musician, he co-founded Duo Tárrega with guitarist/composer Steve Waugh and the Ovidius Flute Trio with Berlinda Lopez and Alea Erickson, which have been featured in the WORT Noon Musicale series and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. He also plays in formal and outreach concerts with the ensembles of the Madison Flute Club, for which he serves as a board member.
Sridhar's repertoire is as eclectic as his interests. The Ovidius Flute Trio focuses on contemporary flute music, but always with an ear to the tradition from which it is borne: their programs feature composers ranging from Friedrich Kuhlau to Nicole Chamberlain and François Narboni. Duo Tárrega, in addition to playing standard flute and guitar repertoire such as Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango", plays original arrangements of works by Chopin, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, and many others. Sridhar and Steve also make ventures into pop/rock music and have a blast playing Irish fiddle tunes together.
Sridhar enjoys teaching and maintains a private lesson studio in Madison. He has previously held teaching positions in San Antonio, Texas, where he was the sectional and masterclass teacher for Ed Rawlinson Middle School, Hobby Middle School, and Tom C. Clark High School, in addition to teaching privately.
Sridhar studied under Thomas Robertello at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he received the Premier Young Artist Award. He continued under Jean Ferrandis at École Normale Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Ferrandis said of him that he is "one of the brightest students I've ever had; he has a fantastic sense of structure about the music and is always honest about what he thinks the composer wants to express”. He has also studied intensively in Tignes, France, with András Adorján and has participated in masterclasses with Molly Barth, Jasmine Choi, and Gergely Ittzés.
When he isn’t making music, he can be found reading, writing, and constructing crossword puzzles. We have also heard reports that he can blow one's brains out by cooking the spiciest food on this side of the galaxy and following it up with a mean Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, though we do not know from where he gets that Ol' Janx Spirit.