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EKANAYAKA, Tanya (b. 1977)


  • Tanya Ekanayaka, piano

Tanya Ekanayaka is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost pianists and an internationally acclaimed composer. Her ‘deeply autobiographical’ piano compositions, or reinventions, introduce a novel and hybrid musical genre that takes a wide variety of Sri Lankan melodies – ancient, folk and popular – and blends them with motifs inspired by the tonal centres of established classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel and others.


Adahas: Of Wings Of Roots (2010) (00:04:18)
Dew Encounters: Of Scottish Walks, Vannam (Udara) and Sri Lanka's Bugs Bunny (2013) (00:04:29)
Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue (2011) (00:10:25)
Vannam (Gajaga, Mayura and Hanuma) and You (2013) (00:09:52)
In Lotus: Olu Pipila With Moment (2013) (00:06:01)
Labyrinth; Vannam Lent (2012) (00:05:52)
2013/14 June Echoes (2014) (00:15:23)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:20

The Artist

Ekanayaka, Tanya Tanya Ekanayaka is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost, internationally acclaimed and award winning concert pianist-composers. Classically trained and with a background in Asian and Popular musics, she is also a musicologist and linguist. Although trained as a pianist, her compositional skills are the result of a purely intuitive and natural development. She began studying the piano when she was five years old, made her début public recital appearance at the age of twelve and has since performed in notable international concert venues in Europe, the United States and Asia. Her United States début was a solo recital to a capacity audience at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in 2012 where her recital incorporated the world première of two of her own compositions. Consistent with her interdisciplinary background, she holds a doctorate for interdisciplinary research involving Linguistics and Musicology from The University of Edinburgh as well as advanced academic and professional qualifications in Music Performance, Linguistics and Literature. She has been on the part time teaching faculty of Edinburgh University since 2007 where she has taught in its departments of Linguistics and Music.


“Ekanayaka is a formidable pianist worth hearing just for her big sound and scrupulous voicing.” – American Record Guide

International Piano

“Melodic fragments of great beauty float through this music…” – International Piano

BBC Music Magazine

“Ekanayaka’s semi-extemporisations vividly recall the golden age of musical ‘reminiscences’.” – BBC Music Magazine