Yshani Perinpanayagam


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Music Director
Music Direction
The Whip
Kimberley Sykes
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Swan Theatre
2019 - 2020Music Director
Music Direction
King John
Eleanor Rhode
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Swan Theatre
2015 - 2019MD
Live Performance
Showstopper! The Improvised MusicalShowstopper! The Improvised Musical
2019Composer / Pianist
Music Composing
The Pixel PlayersThe National Videogames Arcade / Theatre Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
2018 - 2019Arranger / Music Director
Composing / Arranging
Ben Duke
Rambert Dance Company
Sadler's Wells and UK tour
2019Music Director
Music Direction
Nicole Charles
Vaudeville Theatre
2019Alternate Pianist
Performing Arts
The Lehman Trilogy
Sam Mendes
National Theatre Productions
National Theatre / Piccadilly Theatre
2019Music Director
Music Direction
As You Like It
Douglas Rintoul
National Theatre / Public Acts
Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
Live Performance
Mischief Movie NightMischief Theatre
2018Improvising Pianist
Live Performance
Nina Conti: In Your FaceNina Conti: Ventriloquist
Pleasance Grand
2016 - 2018Composer / Pianist
Music Composing
Pippa Evans Grows UpPippa Evans - Comedian
  • About me

    I am a music director / pianist / composer based in London, and a happy mush of my various musical experiences. I have performed at the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall as a classical pianist, was MD for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre and King John / The Whip at the RSC, and have improvised with Showstoppers and Nina Conti. All these different influences feed into my sound as a composer.

    Additional Skills

    I play the flute, piccolo and various world flutes including the quena and panpipes. I am also an arranger, teacher and regular education & outreach conductor / musician. I am passionate about new writing and have been involved in many premieres.

    Additional Information

    I love to indulge my shapeshifter side; if the brief seems like an unusual one, do send it my way!

    Industry Awards

    OLIVIER WINNER: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, MD

    OLIVIER WINNER: Wind in the Willows / Royal Opera House / Duchess Theatre, Alternate MD

    OLIVIER NOMINATION(S) - POSTPONED: Emilia / Vaudeville Theatre, MD

    OLIVIER NOMINATION: Goat / Rambert Dance Company / Ben Duke, Arranger, MD

    OLIVIER NOMINATION(S): The Lehman Trilogy / National Theatre / Piccadilly Theatre, Alternate Pianist


  • Skills

    Musical Style
    • Acoustic
    • Ambient
    • Ballet
    • Big band
    • Cabaret
    • Chamber
    • Chillout
    • Classic rock
    • Classical
    • Concerto
    • Disco
    • Folk
    • Funk
    • Hip hop
    • Improv
    • Jazz
    • Pop
    • R n B
    • World
    Home Studio
    • Yes
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    • Musicians' Union
    Primary Instrument
    • Piano
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Interested in
    • Composing/Arranging
    • Festival
    • Film
    • Live Performance
    • Music Direction
    • Music Journalism
    • Music Library
    • Music Video
    • Opera
    • Orchestra
    • Publicity
    • Research / Academic
    • Session Musician
    • Songwriter
    • Teacher
    • Tour (International)
    Musical Skills
    • Accordion
    • Flute
    • Keyboard
    • Pan Flute
    • Piano
    • Piccolo
    • Recorder
    • Synthesiser
    • Theremin