Pallavi Mahidhara, one of the brightest stars in the international concert arena today, will perform a recital as part of The Hugo Concert Series on Sunday March 25 at 3.30pm in the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow at 3.30pm. This American-Indian pianist combines an astounding technique, mature musical insight and a charismatic stage presence.
In 2008 Pallavi was the only finalist from the USA to participate in the UNISA International Piano Competition, where she was awarded the Audience Prize as well as the prize for Best Romantic Concerto. She has since performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a toddler Pallavi became intrigued with the piano, watching the famous ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ on American television. She began piano lessons at the age of 5. At 24, this remarkable young artist is already a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, having appeared in solo and orchestral concerts on four continents. She has performed in such venues as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, National Council of Performing Arts in Mumbai, National Concert Hall in Beijing, and Teatro Jovellanos in Spain.
Pallavi made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 in Chicago. Her first appearance with a major orchestra was at the age of 14, performing Saint-Saëns’ ‘Piano Concerto No. 2’ with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, under the baton of Newton Weyland. Subsequently she appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Concert Orchestra, amongs others.
As a very young performer she garnered prizes in several national competitions in the United States of America. At age 13, she won Second Prize as the youngest contestant in the history of the Beethoven Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee and at age 16 became the youngest ever recipient of a $25,000 Davidson Fellowship for her extraordinary achievements in the field of music.
As an active chamber musician she has collaborated with musicians from such renowned institutions as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Philharmonic, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Pallavi will perform a programme of Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Prokovief.
* Tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za or by calling 021 461 3816 during office hours. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.