After being noticed by Princess Grace of Monaco, Shani Diluka was chosen at the age of 6 to take part in a specialised programme at the Prince Rainier III Academy in the Principality. Then, when only 9, she gave her first recital, and at 12 appeared as the opening act at a Hélène Grimaud concert at the Acropolis in Nice. That same year, the conductor Lawrence Foster advised and encouraged her to continue studying at the highest level. After a unanimous first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, her encounter with Leon Fleisher was to orientate her career philosophically and definitively.
At the same time, during the finishing cycle at the CNSMD, Paris, she met Maria Joao Pires, Menahem Pressler and Murray Perahia, who all noticed her and asked her to work with them. Other important contacts followed in 2005, when she joined the prestigious Come Foundation, presided by Martha Argerich.
Shani Diluka performs regularly at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel and La Cité de la Musique, Paris, La Fenice in Venise, the Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron where she is one of its most loyal artists, the Arsenal in Metz, the Auditorium in Bordeaux, the International Festival of Menton, the Auditorium in Dijon, the Philharmonia of Bucharest, or Tokyo where she opened “La Folle Journée”, the closure of the Verbier Festival, and the Zubin Mehta Festival…
She also regularly works with a large number of orchestras – the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Württemberg Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Royal Swedish Orchestra etc., under the baton of such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Vladimir Fedosseïev, Ludovic Morlot, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Kwamé Ryan or Gabor Takacs…
Shani is a regular chamber music partner with great ensembles such as the quartets Ebène, Ysaÿe, Prazak, Modigliani, Belcea, or legendary soloists such as Valentin Erben from the Alban Berg Quartet, Teresa Berganza or Natalie Dessay. She also collaborates with great composers, including Kurtag, Rhim or Montovani whose Cinq pièces en hommage à Paul Klee she premiered.
Ever attentive to young audiences, she made a Chopin book/album with Natalie Dessay and l’Histoire de Babar for the Editions Didier Jeunesse-Hachette, then more recently Babar et le Père Noël with La Dolce Volta.
Her solo recordings have won numerous awards (Choc de la musique, RTL d’Or, Choix d’Arte, de Mezzo, Vogue Japan, 5 Diapasons, Gramophone, Fanfare USA, Diapason, Musikzen, Arena Award Japan…). Her performances are also regularly broadcast on such international radio stations as the BBC, Radio France, Espace2, ABC Australia, Deutscher Rundfunk, as well as on television: ARTE, France Télévisions, NHK in Japan, Jean-François Zygel’s La Boîte à Musique on France 2 or else Les Victoires de la Musique.
Furthermore, Shani Diluka has collaborated on several projects with big cinema and theatre names, such as Sophie Marceau, Gérard Depardieu, Hippolyte Girardot or Charles Berling.
In 2014, she made the official record of La Folle Journée with an avant-garde American piece, Road 66, which came in for unprecedented public and critical acclaim. In autumn 2015/2016, her new recording, devoted to Schubert’s Great Sonata in B flat major D960, also won a number of awards.
2016-2017 will see Shani Diluka back at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (a Jeanine Roze production), the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Zubin Mehta Foundation, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Les Folles Journées in Nantes, Russia and Japan, the Roque d’Anthéron, the Philharmonie de Paris… She is also recording Beethoven’s complete cello and piano sonatas with Valentin Erben, the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet.