Mandhira is a versatile violinist based in the UK, performing internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and improviser. She is the founding member and leader of the Ligeti Quartet, a string quartet which has established a reputation as a dynamic and imaginative force in contemporary music. She also plays regularly with Steve Beresford (piano, objects and electronics), Benoît Delbecq (prepared piano) and her piano trio, TableMusic.
International solo and chamber music tours have taken her around Europe, as well as the USA, India, China and her country of origin, Sri Lanka. She has performed at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and St Johns Smith Square in London, and the Carnegie Hall in New York. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, featuring on programmes such as In Tune, Jazz on 3, Hear and Now, and Late Junction.
Her repertoire is varied, consisting of standard classical works, experimental music, free improvisation as well as original projects often involving collaborations with contemporary composers, sound artists and musicians across many genres. She has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Shabaka Hutchings, Black Top, Pat Thomas, Gunnar Geisse, Julie Kjaer, and Alex Ward.
Mandhira was born in London. After completing her primary education in Sri Lanka, she was awarded a music scholarship at North London Collegiate School, where she completed her secondary education. She was also a Leverhulme Scholar at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, performing as both a violinist and pianist, whilst also taking classes in composition and conducting. Her violin teachers have included Igor Petrushevsky, Howard Davis and Levon Chilingirian. She graduated with 1st class honours from the University of Oxford, achieving a high 1st in performance and winning the Worcester College Arts Prize for the highest result in an arts subject.
Mandhira currently plays a 1735 Sanctus Seraphin violin kindly loaned to her by Derek Clements-Croome.