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Friday, February 15, 2019


(Pallavi Mahidhara)

Friends of Music will present a recital on February 26 at the Durban Jewish Centre with Pallavi Mahidhara showcasing her unique artistry and charismatic stage presence.

Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara made her orchestral debut at the age of 10, performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Praised for her unique artistry and charismatic stage presence, she has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents.

Mahidhara’s music interests cover an extensive range, from standard classical works, to music of contemporary and living composers, to fusion and crossover projects

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, and her Master’s Degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.  She studied for several years at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, and is a Piano Professor for the school’s Music & Culture Summer Camp in Madrid, Spain.

Her programme will feature two works by Claude Debussy: Deux Arabesques and Suite Bergamasque as well as Cecile Chaminade’s Arabesque No. 1, Op. 61 and Arabesque No. 2, Op. 92. After intermission, she will perform Clara Schumann’s Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20 as well as Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel, Op. 24

The recital takes place at 19h30 on February 26, 2019, at the Durban Jewish Centre – KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R120 (FOM members R100, students R30 available at the door.