Vincent Swierstra, based in Amsterdam, is one the few sarangi players in the Netherlands. He discovered the sarangi on his first trip to India in 2003 and immediately fell in love with the instrument. He bought a beautiful old sarangi and started taking lessons. Because of the ten years of violin lessons as a child he picked up the technique quite fast.
It is said that, of all the instruments in the world, the sarangi resembles the sound of the human voice the most. Three gutstrings are played with a bow and nails. The thirty-six sympathetic strings contribute to the mystic sound that make the sarangi so beautiful.
His teacher in Amsterdam is Joep Bor, author of the book ‘The Voice of the Sarangi’ and former principal of Codartz, the Conservatory of World Music in Rotterdam. After Vincent finished his bachelor in Cultural Anthropology at the UvA in 2011 he went back to India three times to study with Grammy winner Dhruba Ghosh in Mumbai, who sadly suddenly passed away in 2017.