So, what are you then, Yshani Perinpanayagam?
As a multi-genre pianist and music director, Yshani has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Barbican Theatre and various West End Theatres. She has performed at events including the Oxford Lieder Festival, Kammer Klang and Live at the London Palladium and with such varied artists as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera and Nina Conti.
Yshani is currently music director for Olivier nominated Goat by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company. She was MD for circus troupe Circa at the Barbican and Assistant MD for the Royal Opera House west end transfer of Wind in the Willows, featuring CHROMA ensemble. Yshani was also an MD with Olivier award winning show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
Yshani is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio and Carismático Tango Band. She also has a strong interest in contemporary music; her commissions for piano, Commodore 64 and bespoke 8-bit synthesisers have been performed at the National Theatre Riverstage, The Place Theatre and the All Your Bass National Videogames Arcade festival.
Yshani was winner of the 10th Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Barstow, Caroline Palmer and Andrew West. She is now a member of staff on the academic faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a musicianship teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.