Amali Premawardhana, cellist and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, currently enjoys a career as a classical orchestral and chamber musician, as well as Suzuki cello instructor. She co-leads her own ensemble, Karavika, which blends Western chamber music with musical traditions of India and Sri Lanka. Karavika has been hailed by the New York Times as "a soulful blend of classical and folk traditions" and by the San Francisco Classical Voice as "commanding performers... suggestive of some of the adventures of such crossover explorers as Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma."
Her primary teachers were Julia Lichten, Margo Tatgenhorst-Drakos, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and she has received guidance in Indian music from Indian - Dhrupad cellist, Nancy Lesh Kulkarni. Amali has taken part in festivals such as the Tanglewood Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Learnquest Indian Music Conference, the New Directions Cello Festival, San Francisco's Classical Revolution Festival, and has performed frequently with Brooklyn Raga Massive, a leading community of Indian music artists in New York City.