Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, American violinist Odin Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has received unanimous praise from critics and audiences for his "captivating temperament," "brilliant technique" and “recalling the legendary violinists of the past.” A veteran performer at many major European and American festivals including the Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal, Denmark's Tivoli and Vendsyssel Festivals, Deia International Festival in Mallorca, Boswil Festival in Switzerland, Aspen, Caramoor and Endless Mountain Music Festivals. He has also appeared in recital on the Market Square Concerts series, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, where Rathnam first appeared at the age of 15. As a soloist, he has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Colombian National Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Randers Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Richard Westerfield, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Anne Harrigan, Victor Liva, Miriam Burns, Charles Peltz, Stuart Malina and many others.
Recent seasons have included performances of concerti of Bernstein, Mozart, and Bach with the Philadelphia Virtuosi, and multiple appearances at the Endless Mountain Music Festival performing Mozart #3, Sarasate “Zigeunerweisen”, Wieniawski “Legende”, Lalo “Symphony Espagnole,” Brahms Violin Concerto and numerous chamber music programs with various artists, as well as several performances of Sarasate “Carmen Fantasy” and Beethoven Romance in F, with the Harrisburg Symphony. He also performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the orchestras of Harrisburg and Lancaster and a Tivoli Festival debut, where he played Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins with Nikolai Znaider. The Danish newspaper, Kristelig Dagblad, hailed the “outstanding, full-blooded romantic violin playing by both players.”
As a chamber musician, Rathnam has performed frequently in Harrisburg, Baltimore, and New York with Concertante, the internationally acclaimed chamber group he founded in 1995. His 2000 recording of Strauss “Metamorphosen” received the highest praise from Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine who wrote “[Concertante's] performance [of the Strauss, Metamorphosen] is white-hot, so intensely felt and so superbly realized technically as to be almost beyond praise; they create their own benchmark in this version.” He has also performed with the Ying Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, and the Raphael Trio.
Odin Rathnam has collaborated as a violinist and violist with leading artists of his generation including: violinists Nikolai Znaider, Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony and Kurt Nikkanen; pianists Rohan De Silva, Albert Tiu, Robert Koenig, and Anton Nel; and cellists Matt Haimowitz, Bion Tsang, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Wendy Warner, and Daniel Gaisford.
Rathnam received his formal training at Mannes College of Music with Sally Thomas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. He studied chamber music with Felix Galimir and Josef Gingold. He also worked closely with Danish violinist, Anker Buch.
Rathnam performs on a rare Italian violin crafted by Bartolomeo Calvarola in 1755.