Rohan De Silva

A native of Sri Lanka, Rohan De Silva began his piano studies with his mother, the late Primrose De Silva and the late Mary Billimoria. He spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a student of Hamish Milne, Sydney Griller, and Wilfred Parry. While studying in London, he received many awards including the Grover Bennett Scholarship, the Christian Carpenter Prize, the Martin Music Scholarship, and the Harold Craxton Award for advanced study in England.

Upon his graduation, Mr. De Silva received the Chappell Gold Medal for best overall performance at the Royal Academy. Mr. De Silva was the first recipient of a special Scholarship in the arts from the Presidents Fund of Sri Lanka.

With this scholarship, Mr. De Silva was able to attend The Julliard School, where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. During his studies at Julliard, Mr. De Silva had the rare opportunity to study the piano with Martin Canin, chamber music with Felix Galimir, and worked closely with violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay.

He was awarded a special prize as Best Accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. The following year, Mr. De Silva joined the collaborative arts and chamber music faculty of the Julliard School. In 1992, he was awarded honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Throughout his career, Mr. De Silva's partnerships with such violin virtuosos as, Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Joshua Bell and Benny Kim, have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues throughout the world. With these and other artists he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and many other renowned recital halls on nearly every continent.

A few of Mr. De Silva's music festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Manchester, Ravinia and the Wellington Arts Festival in New Zealand. Some of his television and radio credits include "The Tonight Show" with Midori, CNN's "Showbiz Today", NHK Television in Japan, National Public Radio, Berlin Radio, and a host of other stations in the United States.

Mr. De Silva continues to perform frequently with Itzhak Perlman, and was seen with Mr. Perlman on the "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast in early January 2000. During the summers of 2000 and 2001 he was a faculty member at the Perlman Music Program in Long Island. Recently this year, he joined the faculty at the Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan, where he instructs in collaborative piano.

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