Tanya Ekanayaka: The first Sri Lankan to perform her own composition for the Piano at the John F. Kennedy Centre



Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka debuts in the USA in a Millenium Stage Performace at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington DC.

The first Sri Lankan to perform her own composition for Piano at this venue, Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka is a heady mix of musicology and linguistics. Her recitals are known as a ‘novel form of musical fusion’; her compositions she says are ‘deeply autobiographical’ inspired by her multi-cultural, multi-lingual identity and is influenced by being ambidextrous and having partial synthesia. Read More

Other ‘Firsts’

This is not her ‘first’ but back in 2010 Tanya became the first Sri Lankan pianist to be invited to give a solo piano recital in the ‘Pianists of the World’ series at the world renowned recital venue, London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields. One of the oldest recital series of St Martin-in-the-Fields having been founded by the legendary Dame Myra Hess, Tanya’s programme concluded with the world première of her composition ‘Adahas: of Wings of Roots’ which was the first composition by a Sri Lankan to be performed at this venue.

Live Webcast

Tune into the live webcast of the performance by visiting the linked page on 31 May at 6pm EST which is 3.30 am Sri Lankan time (unfortunately) and for lucky peeps who are in Middle Earth as I, midnight (GMT+1) and 8am 1 June for Melbourners. Am definitely gonna be listening to this amazing lady whose compositions drive strange quavers into my heart and throbs through my consciousness: enchantment!! Listen to Adahas: Of Wings of Roots and you will know why I wax lyrical.

A Peradeniya Graduate

Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in English literature and linguistics from the University of Peradeniya, a Master of Science degree in linguistics and English language from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a doctorate for interdisciplinary research involving the disciplines of linguistics and musicology also from Edinburgh University. Her extensive bio is so impressive that I have to link you to the official version to do justice to it. And finally the Gods have blessed her with a winsome beauty that morphs a musician into a mythical goddess performing on earth.

Performances in Sri Lanka

23-26 August Senses & Soul Colombo Music Festival

10th November, 7 p.m.Ladies College Hall Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) – Beethoven Piano Concerto in C minor, No. 3, Op. 37


  1. Lionel Jayasinghe says:

    We are really proud about you. – a Sri Lankan

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