Yshani Perinpanayagam Conductor

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As a chamber pianist, conductor and music director, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues from Wigmore Hall to the London Palladium, at events from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to the Barbican Mime Festival, and with very different artists, from the CHROMA Ensemble to Nina Conti. She is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and Carismático Tango Band, and a regular guest on BBC Radio 3 to talk about the latest music news.

Her engagements as music director and conductor include triple-Oliver winner Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre, the Caccini/Waley-Cohen programme for Longborough Opera in 2022, Ben Duke’s Goat for Rambert Dance Company, and the show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which also won an Olivier Award.

More recently, she was pianist and music director for Ruination with Lost Dog Dance at Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, and she is the current musical director of the new opera The F**gots and Their Friends Between Revolutions by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bregenz Festival and NYU Center in New York. Her commitment to contemporary music has seen her premiere works including by Charlotte Bray, Joe Cutler, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, Hannah Kendall and Benjamin Oliver.

She was commissioned, as a composer, works for the London Sinfonietta, Onyx Brass, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sound and Music, and she also composed music for a play about Fanny Mendelssohn. Yshani Perinpanayagam was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award and was a scholar at the Royal College of Music.

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