Soundarie David Rodrigo
Soundarie completed her musical career at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, after having left school, where she was conferred with the award, Associate of the Royal College of Music, in piano performance and piano accompaniment. While at the Royal College of Music she participated in the prestigious Piano Platform series, which also gave her the opportunity to accompany various instrumentalists and vocalists, and collaborate at various venues including the Royal Festival Hall. As a soloist, Soundarie has performed both locally and internationally. She has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, playing the Beethoven First Piano Concerto and the famous Grieg Piano Concerto. She was also invited to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in 2009. She performs regularly with well known pianist Ramya de Livera Perera on selected repertoire for two pianos.
Soundarie is also the Founder and Music Director of Sri Lanka’s premiere female ensemble, ‘Soul Sounds’, the first choir in Sri Lanka, to perform and win awards internationally over the last four years, with acclaimed performances in India, Australia, China, Kuwait, Austria, France, and recently the USA and Malaysia, thus placing Sri Lanka on the map of International Choral Music. Core members of this choir are past pupils of Holy Family Convent, and were members of the school senior choir that was places runners up at the Llangollen International Musical Eistedfodd. This was the first choir to compete internationally under the guidance of Soundarie. She is also the Sri Lankan Representative on the Council for Musica Mundi, the International Organisation that hosts several prestigious International Choral Festivals and Competitions. Soundarie has been recognised for her achievements in music and contribution to culture in Sri Lanka, having received the SAARC Women of Achievement Awards, the Zonta Women of Achievement Award, and most recently the Bunka Awards awarded by the Japanese Cultural Fund.
Besides having a hectic schedule in the field of music, Soundarie is also a qualified lawyer, and graduated with a Masters in Law, in the field of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently Deputy Director for SAARC Culture