British violist Ashan Pillai was born in Sri Lanka and educated at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California, and The Juilliard School. He is an international prizewinner and frequent guest violist at major festivals. In 1994 he was appointed assistant principal viola in the English Chamber Orchestra and he co-founded the chamber ensemble, Mobius. In 2000 he was appointed Principal Viola with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and in 2001 professor of viola at the Conservatorio Superior in Barcelona. In 2005 he was invited to join the Zukerman Chamber Players.