About Erandi Tillakaratne

Born in Sri Lanka, Erandi Tillakaratne’s journey in music began at the age of 4 when her aunt gave Erandi her first lesson. With a direct pianistic lineage dating back to Franz Liszt, her natural gift for music was instantly obvious and it did not take long before Erandi began developing her superb technique under the guidance of virtuoso musician, Dawn Owen, and concert pianist, Beulah Ambrose.

With a distinct visual flair, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting, deeply emotional style that showcases her effortless power, speed, precision, and lyricism which have earned Erandi a decade-long reign of winning national titles.

At the age of 10, she made her debut public performance, and competed in her first accordion orchestra under the direction of Pamela Hacker. She later performed and nationally competed with the Martin Music Center Orchestra. When Erandi was 13 years old, she began teaching pianoforte performance, accordion, clarinet, and music theory to children and adults alike.

At 16, Erandi was invited to be an adjudicator of music festivals and competitions. By the age of 17, she was the youngest joint virtuoso title winner on both the accordion and piano in AFNA’s 50 year history. By the age of 23, Erandi established her first music school where she distilled the essence of her pedagogy and musicianship in ways that were applied to create powerful movements in music.


  • Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA)
  • California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)
  • Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM)
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)