Lazar T. Sebastine
Lazar was born in Cochin, in the state of Kerala, India. The son of the late renowned violinist Shri. Sebastine Thurakkal, he had been been provided with a strong musical foundation from an early age. In 1984, Lazar joined R L V College of Music & Institute of Fine Arts in Tripunithura for a 4 year diploma course in music called Ganabhooshanam, where he graduated and scored 1st rank in Kerala state for violin. He went on to pursue a 3 year postgraduate diploma course Ganapraveena and passed in 1991.
Violinist Lazar T. Sebastine is active as a soloist, orchestra musician and recording artist. He has toured and performed in various parts of the world, from Europe, Central America, Oceania to Asia. He has performed at prestigious events like the Singapore Arts Festival, Soorya Festival in India; International Cervantino in Mexico and the International Conference of Composers in Vietnam. He has also performed with some of the world’s famous orchestras like Vladimir orchestra in Moscow and Hanoi symphony orchestra in Vietnam.
As a graded artist with All India Radio & Door darsan, Lazar has frequently made recordings with the Singapore broadcasting company Mediacorp and has composed music for television, films, devotional albums, contemporary and classical music albums.
When Lazar is not performing, he devotes his time to teaching. Currently working as a part-time tutor at the Centre for the Arts at the National University of Singapore, he is also an instructor with Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir.
photo by Wei Yuet