Shruti Kumar, composer-producer

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SHRUTI KUMAR began her musical career at age 4 as a pianist, and began composing shortly thereafter. Starting at The Juilliard School at Age 11, Shruti’s ability stems from her classical roots. However, when she began writing, Shruti was exposed to musical theatre, performing both on stage and in pit orchestras. Fusing the different styles, Shruti soon began writing songs in addition to her concert music, “debut-ing” her first on the The Late Show with David Letterman. Since, Shruti completed her undergraduate studies at both Juilliard and Columbia University, and her master’s degree in film scoring at NYU. While in New York, her compositions crossed both the film and theater mediums, and she collaborated with groups such as Bang On A Can. Shruti now lives in Los Angeles, where she spent time working at Remote Control Productions (Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer), and working with pop producers/labels (SONY, XL, Universal) on arrangements & orchestrations in varying capacities for artists (i.e. Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Nas, and Vampire Weekend).

Her compositions have been featured by The National Geographic, NPR, FOX India, A24, Google, The Olympics, Apple+, and more. She co-composed the score to Bollywood feature Hanuman Da Damdaar (dir. Ruchi Narain), and indie feature Trivia Night (dir. Robert Gregson). Most recently she scored festival favourite Passage (dir. Asavari Kumar), and Esther in Wonderland (dir. Stephanie Bollag), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021. She is currently working with director Christian Coppola on his upcoming film Daddy. As a songwriter/producer – her work crosses several genres. Most recently she produced artists Julia Nunes and Shungudzo and has forthcoming collaborations with Koreatown Oddity and Alev Lenz.

She has performed or had her work performed at venues ranging from The Walt Disney Concert Hall to Carnegie Hall/The National Gallery to (le) Poisson Rouge. In Feb 2018 she arranged and musical directed a hybrid orchestral set with Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Fiona Apple as a part of the GIRLSCHOOL festival. In March 2019 she composed, arranged, and conducted for BREATHEWATCHLISTENTOUCH: The work and music of Yoko Ono with the LA Phil and Girlschool, which the Los Angeles Times called “A vision for the way forward”

In October 2019, Shruti moved to London for the better part of the following year as a composer in residency at Spitfire Audio. There she began to write and produce her upcoming hybrid orchestral album “Nodding Terms”, which features the London Contemporary Orchestra and many guest artists from around the world. She hosts a radio show on dublab – “Let’s Shake On It”, bringing together musicians from around the world and producing collaborations. She is currently an adjunct instructor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute.