Danushka to perform with brother Avishka at Patrons’ concert

Cherubim’s Patrons Evening on Sat 16 Feb is to be given by brothers Danushka & Avishka Edirisinghe on cello and piano. Cherubim awardee Danushka is a student at the Junior Royal Academy who has been playing on a cello loaned to him by the Trust, which is the property of Mrs Marion Bolton. We are delighted that Mrs Bolton and her family, Catherine & Colin Dathan, have kindly invited our supporters into their Hindon home to hear a recital on the cello that will include Rachmaninov’s famous Vocalise, as well as Beethoven and Shostakovich. This event is by invitation only.

Danushka is 16 and is a Year-12 student at Loughborough Grammar School. He completed his grade 8 cello under the tutelage of John Bean in 2016. He has been studying at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music since September 2017, learning with Ben Davies and won the Junior Academy Intermediate Cello Prize 2018. He was a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain in 2018 and has been recently selected to the National Youth Orchestra (NYO). Danushka received an ABRSM Silver Award for his grade 8 piano in 2016, while learning with Sarah Fazakerley. He now learns with Melanie Reinhard at Loughborough Schools Foundation’s,  Music Department. He frequently performs as a soloist but also loves to play in chamber ensembles and orchestras. Danushka is a keen cricketer who has represented his school and now plays for Loughborough Outwoods Cricket Club. Danushka is studying Music, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry for his ALs and hopes to follow a Music Performance Degree Course at a National Conservatoire.

Avishka , aged 20, is a second year student at university. He is following the joint Physics and Music Performance degree at Imperial College and the Royal College of Music, London. Having completed grade 8 piano under the tutelage of Sarah Fazakerley, he now studies Piano under the instruction of Professor Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music. An accomplished violinist, Avishka was the leader of the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2016 and is at present a member of the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra. He received an ABRSM Gold Award for his grade 8 violin in 2014. He was taught violin by the late Stuart Johnson, having been previously taught by Dez Perkins. Avishka also takes part in choirs and was a choral scholar at Leicestershire Chorale from 2016-2017. Avishka enjoys playing as a solo pianist, but has a special interest for accompanying. At university, he regularly collaborates with singers and instrumentalists both in concerts and performance classes, as well as accompanying choirs. After completing his degree at Imperial College, he plans to do a postgraduate degree course in Collaborative Piano and subsequently find employment as a Physicist whilst continuing to perform with soloists.