Nitin Sawhney has released ten studio albums, each garnering critical acclaim. Indeed, Sawhney has received no less than 17 major national awards for his album work alone. In 1999 Sawhney released his fourth breakthrough Gold selling album, ‘Beyond Skin’, on London’s Outcaste Records, which took a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination and won Sawhney the coveted South Bank Show Award.
After a subsequent signing to Richard Branson’s V2 Records, Sawhney released the millennial epic and Silver certified ‘Prophesy’ in 2001, winning a MOBO Award as well as a BBC Radio 3 Music Award.
Sawhney’s seventh album, ‘Philtre’, was released in May 2005, taking yet another BBC Radio 3 Award and in 2008, his eighth album, ‘London Undersound’, released on Cooking Vinyl, featured artwork by Antony Gormley and performances from Paul McCartney, Anoushka Shankar, Imogen Heap and Natty, amongst many others.
Sawhney’s 2011 studio album, ‘Last Days of Meaning’, previewed at the Royal Albert Hall and centres on a stunning performance from legendary actor John Hurt, and follows the epic, metaphorical, Dickensian journey of a lonely and intransigent man.
2011 also saw Sawhney receive both a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello Award nomination, he graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 2012 with a Honorary Doctorate.
To date, Sawhney has scored over fifty films as well as a plethora of international TV programmes, ads and cinema trailers. An acclaimed flamenco guitarist and classical/ jazz pianist, Sawhney’s musical ability to transcend cultural barriers has gained him much recognition from the classical and pop communities, leading to his unique claim to broadcasting and selling out as artist in his own right for both the BBC Traditional and Electric Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Roundhouse respectively.