SOCAN composer Dinuk Wijeratne wins $25,000 Nova Scotia honour

November 27, 2017

SOCAN member and concert-music composer Dinuk Wijeratne has won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia 2017 Masterworks Arts Award, for his composition Polyphonic Lively, a 13-minute work for large ensemble. The honour was presented to Wijeratne at the Creative Nova Scotia Gala in Halifax on Nov. 18, 2017.

The Sri-Lankan-born, Nova Scotia-based Wijeratne is “masterful in his art,” integrating an array of multi-cultural influences, and his incorporation of North-Indian tabla chakradhar rhythms is particularly ingenious. Wijeratne is also the Creator of Tabla Concerto, a Masterworks finalist in 2012 and 2016, and Love Triangle, a Masterworks Finalist in 2015.

Polyphonic Lively was commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia to open the orchestra’s 2016-17 season. The piece was rapturously received by Nova Scotian audiences upon its world premiere, and again at the Newfound Music Festival at Memorial University. It was nominated by Christos Hatzis, and The Masterworks jury called it “terrific in a visceral way.”

In 2016, Wijeratne won and a Classical Composition of the Year JUNO Award for Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, as well as SOCAN's Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award.

SOCAN congratulates Dinuk Wijeratne on his latest accomplishment!