Photo: Aurora and Michael Tighe
Toronto-based modern and Baroque violinist Suhashini Arulanandam won her position with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002, upon completing her undergraduate Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Four years later, she joined the Windsor Symphony Orchestra at the unanimous decision of the audition panel. She has been a dedicated member of both orchestras for almost two decades, and cannot wait until she can rejoin her colleagues in person and perform again.
At a time when audiences have been starved for live music, Suhashini and her cellist colleague Sybil Shanahan, as the Tadioli Duo, found a way to provide a safe concert experience. The duo launched a series of socially distanced, private outdoor concerts last summer that they hope to continue this summer, in alignment with government regulations and recommendations. This summer, the Tadioli Duo has been engaged by Chamber Music Mississauga's "Mobile Live" series, in which they'll perform outside seniors' residences in the area.
Suhashini’s experience with music from different periods and traditions continues to inform all the music she plays. Most recently, she has joined the newly formed Tango ensemble, Solidaridad. While studying in New York, she had the opportunity to perform with tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee, and Salman Ahmad of the Sufi rock band Junoon. She was in the string quartet that accompanied singer-songwriter Sarah Slean across Canada on her “Land and Sea” album tour in 2012, also recording on Slean’s most recent album, “Metaphysics”,
Suhashini has performed in many challenging and experimental projects with the Thin Edge New Music Collective. Also a Baroque violinist, she has attended Tafelmusik’s summer and winter programs of study, as well as the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. She can be heard performing on the Centrediscs release “Hymns of Heaven and Earth”, an album of chamber music by Canadian composer Peter Togni, as well as the Aradia Ensemble’s Juno-nominated album, “Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. IV” on Baroque violin.
A native of Newfoundland, Suhashini was born into a musical family of Sri Lankan heritage. Her maternal grandmother, mother, and aunts were teachers of Western Classical music, and her paternal grandfather played the harmonium. Suhashini’s cousins all play musical instruments, and her brother, Amahl Arulanandam, is a professional cellist.
Suhashini began violin at the age of 3 in St. John’s Suzuki Talent Education Program. Her Suzuki teachers were Marion Handrigan, Eileen Kearns, and then Erica Davidson at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She went on to complete a Performance Diploma from the Glenn Gould School and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, New York. Her principal teachers include the noted pedagogue Burton Kaplan and distinguished Canadian violinists Erika Raum and Annalee Patipatanakoon.
A dedicated teacher, Suhashini has been teaching privately and coaching groups for over 20 years. She is a Licensure Trainee for the Association for Body Mapping Educators, in the process of completing the training, and is dedicated to helping performers eliminate and prevent performance-related injuries. In addition to teaching privately, she coaches the violins of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and runs a weekly violin group class for adult learners.