Malinee Peris

Malinee Peris

Adjunct Emeritus Professor of Music
Phillips Hall B-141
Phone: 202-994-9035

Malinee Peris has been on The George Washington University faculty since 1970. She was coordinator for keyboard studies for many years. She teaches piano and coaches chamber ensembles.

She began her formal musical training in her native Sri Lanka with her mother, music teacher Frances E. Peris. She continued her training with Ms. Alix Cockburn who prepared her for her first solo public recital in Colombo Sri Lanka at the age of 12. The Times of Ceylon newspaper and the Government of Sri Lanka awarded scholarships to Ms. Peris to enable her to continue her musical studies in Europe. As an Associated Board Scholar of the Royal Schools of Music, she studied at the Royal College of Music London, with Lance Dossor (piano), Isolde Menges (violin), Ivor James (chamber ensemble), and Herbert Howells (composition). She has had classes with Henryk Sztompka in Poland, and in the US with Leon Fleisher, Earl Wilde, and Ilona Kabos. Hungarian-born virtuoso Louis Kentner was her teacher and mentor for over 20 years. 

In addition to many awards (including the Hopkinson Silver Medal at the Royal College of Music), Professor Peris was a prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Her extensive career has included recitals in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, Mexico City, Montreal and Cologne. She has performed as soloist with major orchestras in the United States, Europe, Israel, Asia and Australia. Concert tours took her to China, India and the Far East, as well as to countries in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and recitals in the prestigious Prague Spring Festival. Professor Peris also holds the title of "Kala Keerthi," Sri Lanka's highest honor for the Arts and a lifetime achievement award from the Sri Lanka Foundation of America.

Professor Peris was featured as soloist at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York at a concert to mark the 22nd anniversary of Human Rights Day. She has given a series of lectures for Independent TV in Britain titled "Music as an International Language," has performed for the BBC on both radio and television and has appeared on the German media. She has been a regular performer on Belgian Radio Three.

Professor Peris' CDs include "Ravel and Debussy" (2002), "From Portugal to Brazil" (2003), "From Spain to Mexico" (2005), and "A Child's Garland of Music" (2007). Proceeds from her most recent recording "My Journey From Darkness to Light with Chopin," released in October 2010 by Amico Artists and Campaign Digital Inc., go towards breast cancer research. 



Licentiate Trinity College of Music, London (L.T.C.L.)
Fellow Trinity College of Music, London (F.T.C.L.)
Licentiate Royal Schools of Music, London (L.R.S.M.)
Licentiate Royal Academy of Music, London (L.R.A.M)
Associate Royal College of Music, London (A.R.C.M.)