Prismatic: Dinuk Wijeratne
Praised by the CBC as an artist “internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity as a musician”, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne is one of Nova Scotia and Canada's most eclectic talents. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. A second Carnegie appearance followed in 2009, this time alongside tabla legend Zakir Hussain. Dinuk has also appeared at Opera Bastille (Paris), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Der Philharmonie (Berlin) and has toured the Middle East. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Mannes College (NYC), and from the Juilliard School where he studied with Oscar-winner John Corigliano, Dinuk now lectures at Dalhousie University, and the NSCC. He is also currently Music Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, having conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and appeared many times with Symphony Nova Scotia during his 3-year appointment as Conductor-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for Orchestral Conducting, double Merritt Award nominations (2009), as well as numerous other international prizes. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.
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