Mr. De Silva is an intemationally distinguished collaborative pianist. He was awarded a special prize as Best Accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. He has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in his native Sri Lanka and major arts centers throughout the world. He has become a favorite collaborative pianist of the new generation of young violinist virtuosos including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Benny Kim and Kyoko Takazawa.
In addition to his Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" appearance with Midori, Mr. De Silva has numerous radio and television credits, including performances on WQXR, WNYC and WNCN in New York, Berlin Radio in Germany, NIIK in Japan, CNN's "Showbiz Today" and a special televised recital in Tokyo with the winners of the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition. Now a resident of New York City, he has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS/Sony Classical, Collins Classics in London and RCA Victor.
De Silva joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in September, 1991. In 1992
he was awarded an Associate Degree by the Royal Academy of Music, London. Mr.
De Silva has appeared in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman and Cho-Liang Lin,
both of whom engaged him for the 1990-91 season and for additional performances
in other years.