was introduced to the violin at the age of 8 by his
father and began to learn Oriental music, becoming a
member of the orchestra of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting
Corporation. His interest in Western Classical music was
aroused by hearing a solo violin piece on the radio.
In 1984, Ananda began studies under the famous violin teacher Douglas Ferdinand, to whom he acknowledges his greatest debt and influence. He completed Grade Eight of the Royal Schools of Music Examination within two years. Then in 1987 he was ‘discovered” by two visiting Russian violinists which resulted in a five year scholarship to study at the Moscow and Odessa Conservatoires where he was awarded a Masters degree.
Ananda performed the Mendelssohn Concerto with us before he left for Russia and the Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1 when he returned in 1993. He has subsequently performed Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3, the Tchaikovsky Concerto, and Bruch’s Concerto no. 2, as well as the Brahms: Double Concerto and Beethoven: Triple Concerto.
Ananda became the Leader of the orchestra in 2001. He is active as a chamber musician and as a recitalist. He is also a dedicated teacher who has produced many fine violinists. He is committed to training young musicians and has recently taken up the position of the Conductor of the Junior Symphony Orchestra.
His conducting debut concert with us was in a programme that included Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 1 in 1996. This has been followed by significant mainstream repertoire such as Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony and Dvorak’s "New World", and Piano Concertos by Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn (no. 1) and Chopin (no. 2). More recently, he has conducted Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony nos. 4 and 5.
In 2006 Ananda was honoured with the Bunka Cultural Award by the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund.
Ananda’s experience of oriental music and training in western music has made him sought-after to do the arrangements of the Sinhala art songs for voice and orchestra, which he has done a few times now.
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