SHRUTI KUMAR began her musical career at age four as a pianist and began composing shortly thereafter. Starting at the Juilliard School when she was 11, she can trace her ability to her classical roots. However, when she began writing, Shruti was exposed to musical theater, performing both on stage and in pit orchestras. Fusing the different styles, she soon began writing songs in addition to her concert music, “debuting” her first on The Late Show with David Letterman. 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, she created compositions that spanned the film, theater, and dance worlds and she collaborated with groups such as Bang On A Can, Our Silent Canvas, and Vision Fugitive. Shruti now lives in Los Angeles, where she spent time working at Remote Control Productions, and working with pop producers / labels (Sony, XL, Universal) on arrangements and orchestrations in varying capacities for artists including Alicia Keys, No Doubt, and Nas.
As a freelance composer for film, multimedia, and theater her work has been used by/for the National Geographic, NPR, the United Nations, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, FOX India, A24, the 2016 Summer Olympics, UNICEF, and the Nederlander Organization. Most recently she co-composed the score to Bollywood feature Hanuman Da Damdaar (dir. Ruchi Narain) and indie feature “Trivia Night” (dir. Robert Gregson). She is currently working with director Christian Coppola on his upcoming film “Daddy”.
As a songwriter/producer, her work crosses several genres and has been licensed or created for visual media. She has performed or had her work performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the National Gallery to (le) Poisson Rouge. In February 2018, she arranged and musical directed a classical/band hybrid set with Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Fiona Apple as a part of the GIRLSCHOOL festival, which the Los Angeles Times called “A vision for the way forward.”