Crossroad between Europe and Asia | Sunday Observer

Crossroad between Europe and Asia

Ever since she was six years pianist Shani Diluka has been treading the path of success. At the tender age of six she was selected for a specialised programme at the Prince Rainier III Academy in the Monaco Principality – a programme established by Princess Grace of Monaco. And for our good fortune pianist Shanika Diluka will be in concert on July 9 for all Sri Lankans to enjoy her remarkable piano artistry.

The concert is in connection with the French Spring Festival organised by the French Embassy and the concert will be held at the Bishop’s College, Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Now an acclaimed international pianist, with Sri Lankan origins, Shani Diluka will be in concert with two other musicians Sahana Banerjee on sitar and Prabhu Edouard - tabla.

This will not be the first time Shani has performed in Sri Lanka. She has performed with her husband violinist Gabriel Le Magadure.

In the past years her career has been crowded with performances which could easily be the envy of others. She was a regular guest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Phiharmonie de Paris, Salaburg Mozarteum, Vienna Konzerthaus, the La Fenice theatre in Venice to mention a few.

She speaks fondly of her performances at the Auditorium of Radio France and in Tokyo where she opened the concert of the Folle day, the closing concert of the Festival of Verbier and was the main pianist of the festival of Zubin Mehta.

Her artistry has won her acclaim and her solo recordings of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Greig have won her multiple awards and her performances are regularly broadcast on international radio stations such as the BBC, Radio France, Espace 2, ABC Australia, Deutche Rundfunk and also NHK Japan.

They say that through her art she builds bridges between East and West between her Sri Lankan origins and her life in Europe, and her concert on July 9 will be a crossroad between Europe and Asia.