Rohan de Silva


The Sri Lankan pianist’s partnerships with violin virtuosos Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Joshua Bell, Benny Kim, Kyoko Takezawa, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Nadja SalernoSonnenberg, Julian Rachlin, James Ehnes, and Rodney Friend have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues all over the world. With these and other artists, De Silva has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), Ambassador Auditorium (Los Angeles), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), La Scala, and in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Interlochen, Seattle Chamber Music, Manchester, Schleswig-Holstein, Pacific Music, and Wellington Arts in New Zealand.

Current season highlights include performances with Perlman in recitals that take them to the Kravis Center of West Palm Beach, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.

Last updated: April 23, 2017
Photo: John Beebe

Additional Artist information

Alongside Perlman, De Silva has performed multiple times at the White House, most recently in 2012 at the invitation of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama for Israeli President and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Shimon Peres; and at a State Dinner in 2007, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

De Silva began his piano studies with his mother, the late Primrose De Silva, and with the late Mary Billimoria. He then spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a student of Hamish Milne, Sydney Griller, and Wilfred Parry. He continued his studies at The Juilliard School, where he studied piano with Martin Canin and chamber music with Felix Galimir, while also working closely with violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He was awarded a special prize as best accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award, presented to him by Perlman during the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.