Under the baton of renowned conductor Ajith Abeysekera, the annual Young Musicians’ Concert presented by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) will be held at the Ladies’ College Hall at 7 pm. Partnered by HSBC for the 21st consecutive year, the four promising young musicians being featured are pianists Eshan Denipitiya and Shannon Jacob with soloists Shehara Liyanage and Dinushka Jayawickreme, two frontline singers from the award winning all-female choir, Soul Sounds.

Conceptualised on the objective of birthing a platform to showcase the talent and skill of Sri Lanka’s aspiring young musicians, the repertoire will begin with one of Franz Schubert’s finest orchestral pieces, the Overture to Rosamunde, which has been described as brimming with warm heartedness and good humour. Performing the First Movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17 will be Eshan Denipitiya, who won the inaugural Piano Concerto Competition at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore where he is currently majoring in Classical Piano Performance. The panache and flair in which he performs this piece highlights this young musician’s impressive aptitude in realising his academic prowess in classical piano performance.

The two soloists will combine for the Flower Duet, telling tales of the title character Lakme, the daughter of a Brahmin priest and her maid Mallika who gather flowers by a river. This is undoubtedly one of the most poignant pieces in the Opera Lakme and showcases the depth of these soprano voices, remarkably. They next do justice to the duettino, Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, in which they harmoniously narrate the plot that will ultimately expose Countess Almaviva’s husband’s infidelity as orchestrated by the Countess herself.

Shannon Jacob, a graduate of Contemporary Music Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music Boston, will showcase her original composition, Achraan. She calls this a visual journey through a medieval Irish battle, reliving vignettes of romance, loss and hope tangibly visible within the innards of a battleground.

The programme will conclude by going back in time to 1893, when Jean Sibelius wrote the Karelia Suite, one of his earlier works but nevertheless one of the most popular. The music can be construed as a rough diamond, deliberate, rhythmic and unforgettable, but is quite nationalistic in flavour, composed more for aesthetics than wonder, with a technique that truly captures the quintessence of folk-based authenticity.

Tickets are available at Sarasavi Bookshop Nugegoda and Maharagama, office, Yamaha Music Center, Abans (main office) and online at

Dinushka Jayawickreme

Shannon Jacob

Eshan Denipitiya