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. He also plays with the ensembles of the Madison Flute Club, for which he serves as a board member, and is a substitute flutist for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra.
Sridhar's repertoire is as eclectic as his interests. With the Ovidius Trio he plays contemporary works by composers such as Nicole Chamberlain and François Narboni. With Duo Tárrega he plays original arrangements of a wide variety of works ranging from Bach to Villa-Lobos, in addition to standard repertoire such as Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango”. Sridhar and Steve also have a blast venturing into the realms of pop/rock music, bossa nova, and Irish fiddle tunes.
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.