Viji Krishnan-Natarajan represents the seventh generation in a family of distinguished musicians who have contributed enormously to Indian music. Her initial training began at the age of three, under the tutelage of their grandfather A. Narayana Iyer and later from her illustrious father, the world renowned Violin maestro Professor T. N. Krishnan.
Viji a child prodigy, gave her first performance at the age of seven when The Hindu reported her to be, "a chip off the old block". Ever since, she has been touring and performing all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Europe. Her concerts at major music festivals moved the New York Times to comment that she was, "a Paganini of the East". Viji has also performed for various radio and television stations in the U.S. and abroad. She has recorded for major recording companies.
Her style combines Western bowing and fingering techniques which lends to her music, a rich tonal quality. Her deep knowledge of Carnatic music has allowed her to, in what the L A. Times described as, "improvise and create moments of great poignancy and beauty".
Besides being an outstanding performer, who The Statesman hailed as, "a maestro in the making," Viji Krishnan-Natarajan also has a strong theoretical and academic background in music. Her passion to understand other music systems led her to doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This, combined with her early proficiency on the piano, has left her better equipped to express her music to Western audiences.