Soundarie David Rodrigo

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Soundarie David Rodrigo is a pianist, accompanist, music director and music educationalist from Sri Lanka. She is in the panel of judges[1] of the Sri Lanka's Got Talent (often abbreviated as SLGT) originated from the Got Talent franchise and the world Choir Games [2] She is also the founder and music director of Sri Lanka’s premier female ensemble[3]Soul Sounds’– that has performed and won at many international competitions[4]. By being a judge at the 9th World Choir Games, she also became the first Sri Lankan to be a judge at any international musical competition. [5]

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Soundarie David Rodrigo was a student of Holy Family Convent and she began playing the piano at the age of five. She pursued her musical education at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was conferred with the award, Associate of the Royal College of Music, in piano performance and piano accompaniment ARCM

Early life and education[edit]

Soundarie David Rodrigo was a student of Holy Family Convent. She completed her LLB at the University of Colombo and obtained her Attorney-at-Law at the Sri Lanka Law College. She has a Masters in law, in the field of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law from the University of California, Berkeley she pursued her musical education at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was conferred with the award, Associate of the Royal College of Music, in piano performance and piano accompaniment ARCM.

Career[edit]

She was the Deputy Director at the SAARC Cultural Centre based in Sri Lanka, and is currently the Director, Programs for the Colombo Cultural Hub. She is the founder of the music Academy,[6] The Soul Sounds Academy, and is also the founder and music director of Soul Sounds[4].

She was described by The Hindu [7] as "a consummate musician who transformed the Western music scene in Sri Lanka" by starting and directing a female ensemble, Soul Sounds, the first Sri Lankan choir to perform and win[8] at the World Choir Games in the year 2004[9]. Soundarie is also the founder of the band “Soul” which focuses on original fusion music. The band has performed in Sri Lanka[10] and also in Russia.

She also serves as a jury member at international choral competitions[11] and is also the Sri Lanka representative on the council for Musica Mundi, the international organisation that hosts several international choral festivals and competitions. She was featured in the Season 2 of ETV's (A local television channel in Sri Lanka) in their series of Power Women [12].She is in the panel of judges[13] of the Sri Lanka's Got Talent (often abbreviated as SLGT) originated from the Got Talent franchise alongside Jackson Anthony and Tillakaratne Dilshan

Performances[edit]

Soundarie has performed both locally and internationally. Some of her key performances include

Music Director – Soul Sounds[edit]

Soul Sounds, founded in 2004, was the first Sri Lankan choir to compete and win at an international choral competition – in 2004 at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales and in 2006 at the World Choir Games in Xiamen, China.[20]To date, they have performed in Australia, China, India, Kuwait , Austria, France, USA Malaysia and South Africa.[9] The choir won two golds in the open categories of gospel/spiritual and popular choral music, and their third gold medal in the Open Folklore Category at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria Austria in 2008[21][22]. Soundarie is responsible for the ensemble’s Music Direction, Management and Administrative duties. The Soul Sounds Academy Children's Choir has also won at many international competitions including the silver medal in the Children's category and a bronze medal in the Folk category at the prestigious World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa.[23]

Council Member of Musica Mundi, Interkultur Foundation, Germany[edit]

Soundarie is a member of the Musica Mundi, one of the largest body in Europe with a mission to comprehensively support international cultural exchange, especially that of lay choirs and music bands. The Foundation is also the organizing body of several leading competitions in Music, including the World Choir Games.

She was also a member of International Jury Panel for the 1st World Choir Championship held in Korea, July 2009/ Vietnam International Choral Competition, Vietnam 2011,World Choir Games, Cincinnati USA 2012. She is the first Sri Lankan to be appointed as member of a high ranking jury panel at one of the leading choir competitions to be held. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stein studios".
  2. ^ "dailymirror.lk/article".
  3. ^ "SOUNDARIE DAVID". Soul Sounds. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ a b "Daily News".
  5. ^ a b "SRI LANKA'S VERY OWN MUSICIAN, PERFORMER AND JUDGE". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. ^ "SOUNDARIE DAVID RODRIGO – Soul Sounds Academy Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  7. ^ "Music is my passion". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  8. ^ "4th World Choir Games". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "MILESTONE". Soul Sounds. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  10. ^ Pulse.lk (2017-05-29), Press Conference of Soul- An Evening of Original Music by Soundarie, retrieved 2019-05-27
  11. ^ "Judge at choir games".
  12. ^ "ETV Interview".
  13. ^ "Stein studios".
  14. ^ "Press Reader".
  15. ^ "Sunday Times".
  16. ^ "Sunday Times - Kishani and Soundarie David Rodrigo thrill audiences with 'Clasically German'". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  17. ^ "A Soulful musical evening by Nirupama Rao and Soundarie David Rodrigo | Ritz". Ritz Magazine. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  18. ^ "Beyond Boundaries" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Sri Lanka : Indian Cultural Centre presents an evening of instrumental music by Soundarie David Rodrigo & ensemble". www.colombopage.com. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  20. ^ "Sinhala and Tamil classics from Soul Sounds | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  21. ^ "Features | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers". archives.dailynews.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  22. ^ "Our choirs do it again and reach gold and silver heights". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  23. ^ "SL children's choir wins silver at World Choir Games". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-27.