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EKANAYAKA, Tanya (b. 1977)


  • Tanya Ekanayaka, piano

Tanya Ekanayaka’s Twelve Piano Prisms extend the concept heard on her album Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano (GP693). They correspond to the twelve primary notes of the keyboard, and combine Sri Lankan melodies with music from other countries in a deeply personal representation of diverse cultures; their style inspired not only by a rich heritage of Western classical and indigenous world music, but also by pop, rock and film music.



Piano Prism No. 1. E Flat - July 2016/17 (2017) * (00:04:36)
Piano Prism No. 2. B Flat - Armenia to a Pearl (2017) * (00:02:40)
Piano Prism No. 3. C - Emerald Lapwing Karpet (2017) * (00:05:36)
Piano Prism No. 4. D Flat - Intuition, Auld Lang Syne & An Asian Sacred (2017) * (00:04:14)
Piano Prism No. 5. G - With Paaru Kavi (2016) * (00:05:33)
Piano Prism No. 6. F - Renewal & Goyam Kapuma (2016) * (00:08:32)
Piano Prism No. 7. E - Arrow-and (2017) * (00:02:02)
Piano Prism No. 8. A - Zuni Sea (2017) * (00:03:23)
Piano Prism No. 9. A Flat Scintilla: Komitas Unto Childhood (2017) * (00:03:05)
Piano Prism No. 10. B - Of Vannam & Zhuang Tai Qiu Si (2017) * (00:01:56)
Piano Prism No. 11. F Sharp - Kitty & Bambaru (2016) * (00:09:45)
Piano Prism No. 12. D - Hana Hare () * (00:04:03)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:55:25

The Artist

Ekanayaka, Tanya Dr Tanya Ekanayaka is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sri Lankan- British concert composer-pianist regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s finest artistes. Classically trained and with a background in Asian and Popular music, she is also a linguist, musicologist and record producer. Although she trained as a pianist, her compositional skills are the result of a purely intuitive and natural development. She was born and brought up in the Kandyan highlands of Sri Lanka and began studying the piano when she was five years old, initially tutored by her mother, Indira Ekanayaka, who used a combination of teaching methods she describes as ‘experimental’ and ‘unintrusive’. She then went on to study under Bridget Halpé and in later years benefitted from the guidance of Colin Kingsley, John Kitchen, Raymond Monelle, Peter Nelson, Nigel Osborne, Jonathan Pasternack and Robin Zebaida. She made her debut public recital appearance at the age of twelve, performed her first concerto at sixteen with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL), as joint winner and youngest competitor of the SOSL biennial concerto competition, and has since performed in notable international concert venues in Europe, North America and Asia. 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 faculties of Linguistics and Music. For more information, visit www.tanyaekanayaka.com.


“Ekanayaka certainly hits her musical mark with these piano pieces. At times contemplative, sometimes raucous, these works have been injected generously with beauty and Rachmaninoff-like technique and drama. These works are certainly recommended to pianists to program for recitals: not only do they take the audience on a lovely, dark journey through the music different cultures via the lens of a classically-trained pianist, but they sound enjoyable to play.” – American Record Guide

International Piano

“The music is always beautifully performed by the composer.” – International Piano

“I come away from the initial listens to Twelve Piano Prisms quite impressed and moved by the music.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

“It is certainly fascinating, and Tanya Ekanayaka always plays the piano beautifully.” – Musicalifeiten