Free Lunchtime Concert: Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka


Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka (PhD, MSc, FTCL, LRSM, LGSMD-PPD, BA-Honours) is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost, award winning and internationally acclaimed composer-pianists. Classically trained and with a background in popular and South Asian musics, she is also an improviser, musicologist and highly qualified linguist.

Tanya’s debut album Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano, comprising her own compositions for solo piano performed by her and which introduces a genre developed by her, was launched worldwide by Naxos Records (Grand Piano) in March 2015. Her compositions remain unscored, evolve spontaneously when she is at the piano, residing frozen in her memory thereafter.

Often the first Sri Lankan compositions to ever be performed at premiere international concert venues Tanya’s compositions have also been featured on international media such as BBC World Radio and BBC World News Television as part of exclusive interviews.

Based in Edinburgh, Tanya is on the teaching faculty of Edinburgh University where she has taught part-time in both its Departments of Linguistics and Music since 2007.

FREE event. No ticket required.

Presented by the University of Southampton Music Department