Editor - Shamistha De Soysa
Shamistha is an active musician. She sings with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, performing regularly with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and in other venues around Sydney and New South Wales. She was a member of the choral contingent which travelled to London in 2010 to open the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. She has also sung with the London Symphony Chorus and with several smaller choirs in Sydney including the Sydneian Bach Choir and Coro Innominata. She has sung in choral concerts conducted by David Robertson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, Zubin Mehta, Richard Hickox and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Shamistha has interviewed numerous musicians, amongst them Roger Woodward, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Nicholas Vines, Richard Gill, Yvonne Kenny, Stuart Skelton, Paul Mealor, Nicola Benedetti, Lyndon Terracini, Jane Sheldon, Sally-Anne Russell and Sally Whitwell.
She holds the AMusA Diploma in Voice and the Licentiate in Pianoforte Teaching. She also studied the violin and has played both piano and violin in social and community ensembles.
For nearly 5 years, Shamistha was a volunteer at radio station Fine Music FM, where she was a presenter, programmer, interviewer, producer, feature writer and Board member. Shamistha is an avid concert goer both in Sydney and on her travels. She has been a Patron of Opera Australia for over 10 years.
Shamistha’s professional work was in the field of medicine, having been in clinical practice and research, she learnt the art of talking to people about things that matter to them and translating that into writing.
Shamistha founded classical music site SoundslikeSydney in 2011.
The site was rebranded SYDNEYclassical and re-launched in February 2018.