Sri Lanka Faculty
Eshantha Peiris had his secondary education at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo, and graduated from New York University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance and Composition. His music teachers over the years have included Ramya de Livera Perera, Ananda Dabare, and Eduardus Halim. As a musician, Eshantha is interested in understanding various musical styles in their original contexts, and using this knowledge to bring a fresh perspective to contemporary performance. This approach influences his work as a collaborative pianist and conductor (of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, and the vocal ensembles The Old Joes Choir and Contempo), and with the rock group Triloka which experiments with Sri Lankan folk music. Eshantha’s discography includes two albums of Brazilian classical music recorded with flautist Celina Charlier, and two albums of original fusion music recorded with the band Thriloka. Eshantha is currently on a sabbatical from teaching and is studying towards a doctorate in music at the University of British Columbia in Canada.