Dinuk Wijeratne, Music Director

Described by the Toronto Star as 'an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future', Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne is one of Canada's most eclectic and distinctive musicians. A passionate educator, he is thrilled to return for his 8th season as Music Director of the NSYO.

Dinuk is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Mannes college of Music (NYC), and from the Juilliard School as a student of Oscar-Winner John Corigliano. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Dinuk has also appeared at Places des Arts (Montreal), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), L'Opéra Bastille (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York), Sri Lanka, across the Middle East, and at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Dinuk has composed specially for almost all of the artists and ensembles with whom he has performed; to name a few: Suzie LeBlanc, the Gryphon Trio, Kinan Azmeh, Tim Garland, John Dankworth, Victor Mendoza, Buck 65, Skratch Bastid, Joseph Petric, Ed Thigpen, Pandit Ramesh Misra, David Jalbert, Kevork Mourad, MIR, the Afiara & Cecelia String Quartets, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, 4-Mality Percussion Quartet, TorQ, the NY Kathak Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Onelight Theatre, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

Dinuk has lectured at the universities of Dalhousie and Acadia. He has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Scotia Festival Orchestra, and appeared numerous times with Symphony Nova Scotia during his 3-year appointment as Conductor-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the Canada Council Jean-Marie Beaudet award for orchestral conducting; a NS Established Artist Award; a NS Masterworks nomination for his 2011 Tabla Concerto; double Merritt Award nominations; Juilliard and Mannes scholarships; two Countess of Munster composition grants; the Sema Jazz Improvisation Prize; the Soroptimist International Award for Composer-Conductors; and the Sir John Manduell Prize - the RNCM's highest student honor. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.

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