Dinuk Wijeratne, Music Director
The Sri Lankan-born composer-conductor-pianist Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’, and by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, Tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Dinuk has also appeared at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, Teatro Colón, and across Sri Lanka, Japan, the UK, and the Middle East. Dinuk’s 2016 highlights include JUNO and ECMA wins for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, and his appointment as Composer-in-Residence of Symphony Nova Scotia. He also won the 2017 Masterworks prize for his piece Polyphonic Lively.
Dinuk grew up in Dubai and took up initial composition studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), later studying with Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano at the Juilliard School. Dinuk has composed specially for almost all of the artists and ensembles with whom he has performed; to name a few: Suzie LeBlanc, Joseph Petric, David Jalbert, Bev Johnston, Kinan Azmeh, Zakir Hussain, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Sandeep Das, Tim Garland, Nick Halley, Ed Thigpen, Ramesh Misra, Ed Hanley, Eric Vloeimans, Buck 65, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, the Gryphon Trio, TorQ Percussion, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Cecelia String Quartet, and the Symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, and Nova Scotia. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.