Amali Premawardhana, Cello

Amali Premawardhana, cellist, is a performer and educator based in Greenwich, CT. A native of Chicago, she began learning music at home with her pianist mother. Her curiosity in cello was sparked by her older brothers’ violin playing, and so she began cello lessons with Elizabeth Anderson at Chicago’s Merit School of Music, and later with Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She began her undergraduate studies at Indiana University under Tsuyoshi Tsusumi, and completed her degree and remained for graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, doing her primary studies with Julia Lichten. Amali received her masters degree in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport, and did her Suzuki training at the New York School for Strings with Pamela Devenport. Amali and her family moved to Connecticut in 2018, and since then she has been directing the Suzuki Strings program in the Greenwich Public Schools.

As a performer, Amali co-leads Karavika, an ensemble which blends Western chamber music with musical traditions of India and Sri Lanka. Karavika has been hailed as “a soulful blend of classical and folk traditions” by the New York Times, and enjoys performing and conducting workshops around New York City and beyond. They are also active performing members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a leading community of Indian music artists.

Amali performs regularly with the Distinguished Concerts International of New York Orchestra, whose concert seasons are based at Carnegie Hall. Her performing career has taken her to concert halls and venues across the US, Europe and Sri Lanka with ensembles and organizations such Akshara Music Ensemble, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Classical Revolution Festival, and the New Directions Cello Festival.

Amali and her husband Perry have three wonderful children – Nayomi, Sylas and Ayla, each of whom can be regularly spotted in and around GSA!