The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Rohan de Silva teams up with the De Lanerolle Brothers


On June 13, Sri Lankan born pianist Rohan de Silva was at the White House with violinist Itzhak Perlman on the invitation of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama to perform for the ceremony when President Shimon Peres of Israel was presented with the US Congressional Medal of Freedom.

For Rohan it was his second time at the White House. In 2007 President Bush had invited Itzhak Perlman and Rohan to perform at the White House for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Sri Lankan music fans will have a chance to enjoy a virtuoso performance by Rohan de Silva when he teams up with the De lanerolle Brothers for a one-off concert at the Galle Face Hotel next Sunday, July 8 at the Galle Face Hotel
“I have personally known the De Lanerolle Brothers for a very long time and they are dear friends of mine,” says Rohan adding that he had collaborated with Rohan De Lanerolle in Singapore, Sri Lanka and in the US and with both brothers in Sri Lanka and most recently in New York in May and June.

Based in New York, Rohan has been teaching on the Faculty of the Juilliard School since 1991. Awarded the first Presidential Scholarship for the Arts in 1981 from the President’s Fund by President J.R. Jayewardene he was the first Sri Lankan to study at the Juilliard.

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