Kalana De Silva MA (ed), FTCL ( Guitar) Kalana De Silva is a Sri lankan born guitarist/ teacher who has been teaching in Abu Dhabi UAE for the past 20 years. Currently he holds the head of the guitar position at the British School Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi. He is well known for his teaching techniques which had developed the growth of qualified and competitive guitarists in the region. His students have won prestigious competitions in the major events such as YMoG. Currently he is working towards developing a guitar method with his teacher and mentor Mr Jude Peris. Furthermore he is managing his own website to share his own compositions/ arrangements free of charge.
Kalana currently holds the Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL) as his highest qualification in guitar. He is the only Sri Lankan guitarist ever to achieve this form of qualification for this instrument. He also has completed his Masters’ degree in education at Hope University Liverpool where he has written his dissertation about “Implementing improvisation during classical based instrumental lessons”.
He has performed in many events as a soloist and accompanist. His ability to play various types of guitars and genres has been one of significant features in his playing, where he has been able to be involved in many events. From 2008 he has performed with the Abu Dhabi Big Band, and Little Band where they performed across UAE and few overseas events. In 2015 his solo classical guitar concert “Triadic tunnel” was a huge success in Sri Lanka. Through the years he was involved in many musicals such as Les Misérables, Cats, Oliver, Blood brothers etc. He has performed with choir groups such as ADCG and performed gigs and events with a violinist. In 2016 he was given the opportunity to perform “Frozen” with the National Symphony Orchestra UAE. Currently kalana performs with the Saadiyath big band, “Trio” which involves Flute/ Frugal horn and guitar and he is the bass guitarists Band called the collective.
Other than playing guitar Kalana is a nature loving person and enjoys driving on winding roads especially in Sri Lanka!