“Potter” on the Piano: Exclusive Interview with Eshan Denipitiya
Music is, as Dumbledore says in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “a magic beyond all we do here!” Luckily, we don’t need to get entry to a well-hidden wizarding school to experience absolute witchcraft through music in the Muggle world. Sri Lankan-born piano virtuoso Eshan Denipitiya has recently proven this with his mind-blowing medley of John Williams’s film scores made for Potter. We were so impressed that we had to ask more about his amazing music, his interpretation of the themes in Harry Potter, and what it’s like to get iconic Queen guitarist Brian May’s recognition.
Denipitiya first started learning the piano at just six years old. He is currently a classical music student in Singapore who comes from a family of composers. With a grandfather who was a musical icon in Sri Lanka and a father who has composed the score for several movies, he continues an inspiring legacy. Over the past two years, he has posted medleys of popular TV series and film franchises such as Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean. His latest arrangement is composed of the original Harry Potter film score dreamed up by Academy Award winner John Williams. Have a listen below!
“The piano is such a versatile instrument, and being able to create different colours of sounds helped me translate the orchestral instrumentation on the piano very effectively,” Denipitiya said about his arrangement, which gives back the true range of Williams’s compositions written for a full orchestra so superbly you forget it’s played on just one instrument. In the medley, fans can detect “Hedwig’s Theme,” which is meant to evoke the themes of magic and mischief, followed by “Harry’s Wondrous World,” for friendship, joy, and excitement, and finally, “Leaving Hogwarts,” for love and family.
These 3 themes were the ones that I always loved and remembered from the very first time I watched Harry Potter back in 2001. So I really enjoyed putting it all together.
If you are musical yourself, the great news is that Denipitiya has also made the sheet music for all his medleys available. This includes his Queen medley posted in 2018, which has gone as far as earning the legendary Brian May’s attention and approval.
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Denipitiya humbly remembered the momentous encouragement:
That moment was truly unreal; I remember looking at that post by Brian May and thinking of how crazy that was. [It w]as one of those moments where I realised how powerful the [I]nternet is and how well connected we are across the globe; the opportunities are endless and within reach (even if you’re a pianist from a small island).
From a small island, he may be, but with a big talent. Fortunately, we can look forward to more arrangements from this remarkable artist in the future, so do subscribe to his YouTube channel to be the first to hear them. Read the full interview below to learn more about Denipitiya’s process and what his Hogwarts House is.