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Yshani Perinpanayagam


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As a multi-genre pianist and music director, Yshani has performed at venues from Wigmore Hall to the London Palladium, at events from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to the Barbican Mime Festival, and with artists from the Philharmonia to Nina Conti. She is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and Carismático Tango Band, and a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio 3.

Yshani was music director for triple-Oliver winner Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre, Olivier nominated Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company, King John and The Whip for the Royal Shakespeare Company, As You Like It for National Theatre Public Acts, for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican, and with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. She was Consultant MD for Olivier Award winning Wolf Witch Giant Fairy at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. Most recently, she was conductor/arranger for Longborough Opera’s 2022 Caccini / Waley-Cohen programme, and pianist / music director for Ruination with Lost Dog Dance at Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. Yshani is currently music director of new opera The F**gots and Their Friends Between Revolutions by Philip Venables & Ted Huffman, and English Touring Opera’s The Coronation of Poppea.

Yshani’s commitment to contemporary music has seen her premiere works including by Charlotte Bray, Joe Cutler, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, Hannah Kendall and Benjamin Oliver. Her commissions for piano, Commodore 64 and bespoke 8-bit synthesisers have been performed at the National Theatre Riverstage, The Place Theatre and the All Your Bass National Videogames Arcade festival. As a composer herself, commissions include works for the London Sinfonietta, Onyx Brass, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sound and Music, and music for a play about Fanny Mendelssohn.

Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award, and was a scholar at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Biography taken from composer’s website.

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