Shani Diluka



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Born in Monaco of Sri Lankan parents, Shani Diluka has been described as an “outstanding performer” (Figaro), endowed with “winged virtuosity” (Classica), “one of the greats of her generation” (Piano Magazine), and “masters the art of music” (Suddeutsche zeitung). She is a graduate of the CNSMD in Paris (with a unanimous 1st Prize and 3rd cycle as a soloist) and of the International Piano Academy of Lake Como, presided by Martha Argerich.

Guest soloist with numerous orchestras – the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Royal Swedish Orchestra, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, etc. – she collaborates with great conductors such as Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ben Glassberg, Lawrence Foster, Case Scaglione… A guest of the great concert halls, Shani Diluka has performed in recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, at the Sala de Sao Paulo, at the Auditorium de Radio-France, in Tokyo where she opened the Folle Journée, at the closing ceremony of the Verbier Festival, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Salzburg Mozarteum, at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, at the Roque d’Anthéron, at the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Wigmore Hall…

Her career has been nourished by prestigious collaborations with Natalie Dessay, Michel Portal, or the composers G. Kurtag, W. Rhim, K. Beffa, B. Mantovani, whose Five Pieces in homage to Paul Klee she created, but also with actors such as Sophie Marceau, Gérard Depardieu or Charles Berling. Passionate about chamber music, Shani is also a regular partner of renowned ensembles such as the Ébène, Ysaÿe, Modigliani and Belcea quartets.

Shani Diluka builds a bridge between East and West and represents an innovative vision of music through new projects such as “Cosmos”, around Beethoven and India, or “Road 66″ (Mirare), She is also passing on the legacy of great masters such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet (with whom she recorded the complete Beethoven collection) and Elisabeth Leonskaja, with whom she has been perfecting her skills in recent years.

Her recordings of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Grieg, CPE Bach and Mozart have received numerous awards (Choc de la musique, RTL d’Or, Choix d’Arte, Choix de Mezzo, 4F Telerama, Vogue Japon, 5 Diapasons, Gramophone, Fanfare USA, Diapason, Musikzen, Arena Award Japon…). In 2019, she joins the Warner Classics/Erato label with her album “Cosmos”. In 2021, her “Proust album” around La Recherche du Temps perdu and the golden age of French music. In 2023 her album “Pulse” is released (on American minimalist music), and receives international critical acclaim.

In 2023-2024, Shani Diluka is performing notably at the Théâtre du Châtelet, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, at the Philharmonie de Paris, and alongside the Orchestre National d’Île de France, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the musicians of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, as well as with actors François Morel, Julie Gayet and Denis Podalydès.

Shani Diluka was named “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” in France and “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel” in Monaco.