L Subramaniam is a composer par excellence; many of his compositions have been performed, recorded and choreographed. With his rich background of Indian music and his intensive study of Western Music, he has created a new and unique idiom, taking the best from both systems. But, as a critic of the Los Angeles Times has said, "It would be a mistake to typecast him as an Indian musician trying to Americanize himself. He is a master soloist...his writing has succeeded in ignoring and transcending whatever boundary lines exist between Eastern and Western composition".
L Subramaniam was invited by Zubin Mehta to participate in the Festival of India, 1985 in the U.S., and to compose a special composition for the opening of New York Philharmonic's season, following the success of his orchestral works, Double Concerto for Violin and Flute and Spring Rhapsody, commissioned by different orchestras,. This special composition, "Fantasy on Vedic Chants", was premiered at the Lincoln Center under Zubin Mehta's baton and had L Subramaniam as the featured soloist.
L Subramaniam has to his credit several albums, many of which he has produced. He is the first Indian musician to release a Compact Disc . He was the host of the first video presentation on Indian Music and Dance titled "Master Musicians from India" . He has recorded and compiled a multi-volume "Anthology of Indian Music" for Ocora label of Radio France. He was also the musical advisor for Peter Brook's grand stage production of Mahabharata and has composed music for movies like Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala etc.
L Subramaniam is the recipient of several awards, titles and honours, including the President of India award,the coveted National Award Padmashree from the Government of India, the title of "Violin Chakravarthy" (Emperor among Violinists) from the Governor of Madras, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for the Most Creative Artist and a special Medal of Honour from H.M.King Birendra of Nepal after his performance on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of H.M. the King's accession to the throne.
He has been honoured for outstanding contribution to the world of music. His name appears in internationally-acclaimed reference volumes like the "International Who's Who in Music, "Men of Achievement(U.K.), "Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans", and "Book of Honour" to
name a few.