Date(s) - 06/Dec/2015
In a programme of Ravel: Miroirs; Brahms: Fantasien Op. 116; Berio: Encores and Liszt: 6 Grand Etudes after Paganini
Praised for her unique artistry, mature musical insight, and charismatic stage presence, Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, performing at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain, Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile, Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, National Concert Hall in Beijing, China, City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Grand Hall of the Dimitri Shostakovich Philharmonia in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Mahidhara is the Second Prize winner of the 2014 Geneva International Piano Competition, as well as the Young Audience Award. She won Second Prize at the VI International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. In September 2008, on a few hours’ notice, she stepped in for Van Cliburn at the Liberty Medal Award ceremony, honouring former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Also in 2008, she was awarded Fourth Prize, the Audience Award, and the Prize for “Best Romantic Concerto” at the UNISA International Piano Competition.
Ms. Mahidhara made her orchestral debut at the age of 10, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Her first appearance with a major orchestra was at the age of 14 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.
Ms. Mahidhara has been a participant for three summers at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, USA, headed by Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. Other music festivals include the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander (Spain), Pablo Casals Festival (Prades, France), International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove (England), the Verbier Academy (Switzerland), the Aspen Music Festival (US), and the Banff Festival (Canada). Ms. Mahidhara’s musical interests cover an extensive range, from standard Classical works, to music of contemporary and living composers, to fusion and crossover projects. Ms. Mahidhara studied at the Escuela Superior de Música REINA SOFÍA under the tutelage of Dimitri Bashkirov, and is currently completing her Masters Degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Eldar Nebolsin. At the end of the 2012 and 2013 academic years, she and her piano quartet, respectively, received from the hands of Queen Sofía of Spain, the “Sobresaliente” Award, for Outstanding work and Excellence.