Dushy Perera

Dushyanthi Perera is the principal cellist of the SOSL and the founder director of the renowned Cantando Cello Ensemble. She is also the guest principal cellist of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra (BCO). She plays the Double Bass in the SOSL and BCO when required.

Her first performance as a soloist with the SOSL was in 1976. As the winner of the strings category of the Concerto Competition she performed the Boccherini Cello concerto in B flat, under the baton of the late Dr. Earle de Fonseka. She has since then performed most of the major concertos written for cello and orchestra with the SOSL - Haydn (D major), Elgar, Dvořák, Lalo, Kabalevsky and Victor Herbert . She has also performed the Concerto for Two Cellos by Vivaldi with Tamara Holsinger, the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms with Ananda Dabare, and the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with Tania Anandappa (violin) and Shanthi Thamber (piano) as well as with Ananda Dabare (violin) and Ramya de Livera Perera (piano). She made her debut as a conductor in 2012, directing the SOSL in Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony.

She is also a committed chamber musician and is a founder member of the outstanding chamber ensemble, the Colombo Piano Trio, along with Ananda Dabare and Ramya de Livera Perera and more recently with Eshantha J. Peiris. In 2011, she was invited to perform the Dvořák cello concerto with the BCO in a concert conducted by Keiko Kobayashi. Dushyanthi received her early musical education on the piano from her mother, the late Mrs. Mala Seneviratne, and the late Mrs. Averil Bartholomeusz on the cello. She received her secondary education in London, where she studied cello under Alexander Baillie, and took lessons with Rohan de Saram as well. She was a member of the Junior London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn and Ernest Reed. She is a dedicated teacher who has produced award winning cellists, many of whom are members of the SOSL cello section. The performances of the Cantando Cello Ensemble, and more recently the chamber orchestra in the Dr. Earle de Fonseka Chamber Music Concert Series, have brought her recognition as a music director.

Dushyanthi acknowledges the inspirational guidance she received from Dr. Earle de Fonseka in her development as a musician, and the profound insights he provided on the technical and expressive aspects of orchestral performance.

In addition to conducting the SOSL, she spends much time and effort in training young musicians in the art of orchestral playing as the conductor of the Junior Symphony Orchestra.

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