SOSL presents February concert
After a hiatus the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka returns to the
stage to give classical music lovers a treat when they presents its
February concert on Saturday 22. The concert conducted by Dushyanthi
Perera will be held at their favourite stage at the Ladies College,
The program will comprise Beethoven's Overture to 'Egmont' Op 84,
Mendelssohn's Overture Ruy Blas Op 95, the Armenian composer
Khachaturian's 'Masquerade' Suite. The finale will be Dimitri
Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No 1 in G Minor Op 49 with the spotlight on
Ever since her debut as a conductor in 2012 Dushyanthi Perera's
popularity has increased. She then directed the Symphony Orchestra's
performance of Mendelssohu's 'Scottish' Symphony which resulted in many
congratulatory reviews. Her keen interest in building the playing of the
cello among Sri Lankan youth made her found the Cantando Cello Ensemble
which had its fair share of performances in Colombo.
Her laudable technique was acknowledged by the Bombay Chamber
Orchestra of which she is the principal cellist. In 2011 she was invited
to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra
which was conducted by the acknowledged Japanese conductor Keiko
As a leading cellist in Sri Lanka, Dushyanthi Perera has presented
most of the major concertos for cello and orchestra with the Symphony
Orchestra of Sri Lanka. These concerts include those of Haydn (D Major),
Boccherini, Elgar, Dvorak, Lalo, Kabalevsky and Victor Herbert.
She has with cellist Tamara Holsinger performed the double concerto
for two cellos by Vivaldi, the double concerto for cello and violin by
Brahms with Ananda Dabare, and also the Triple Conceto by Beethoven with
Tanya Anandappa, violin and Shanthi Thamber, piano as well as with
Ananda Dabare violin and Ramya de Livera Perera, piano.
Dushyanthi Perera's early music education has held her in good stead.
"My mother, the late Mala Seneviratne taught me the piano, while I
learnt all the intricacies of the cello from the late Averil
Bautholomuesz. I was in London for my secondary education. I studied the
cello under Alexander Bailey and I took lessons with Rohan de Saram.
As a member of the Junior London Symphony Orchestra I played under
Andre Previn and Ernest Reed" said Dushyanthi Perera. The performances
of the Cantando Cello Ensemble and the Dr. Earle de Fonseka Chamber
Music Concert series gave her the recognition as a music director.
"I am indebted to the inspirational guidance I received from Dr.
Earle de Fonseka in my development as a musician, and the profound
insights he provided on the technical and expressive aspects of
orchestral performance" said Dushyanthi Perera.
The soloist Tamara Holsinger was a student of Averil Bartholomeusz
and according to her, she was the most influential figure in her
formative years. Later on Tamara was a student of Dushyanthi Perera who
was a guiding force behind her development as a cellist.
She had her formal music education at Mount Holyoke College in
Massachusetts, USA where she majored in music. While in the States, she
was a cello student of David Gibson. A holder of the LRSM and FTCL
diplomas in performance, Tamara made her debut with the Symphony
Orchestra of Sri Lanka as the winner of the strings category of the
Concerto competition held in 1994, performing Saint Saens' Cello
Concerto No 1 in A Minor. Since then she has presented Elgar's Cello
Concerto in E Minor, Boccherini's Concerto in B Flat and Vivaldi's
Concerto for Two Cellos. The principal cellist of the SOSL and a member
of the Cantando Cello Ensemble since its inception, Tamara acknowledges
the huge role the Ensemble has played in both her technical and musical