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Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara made her orchestral debut at the age of 10, performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. She is the Second Prize winner and Young Audience Award winner of the 69th Geneva International Piano Competition, and of the VI International Prokofiev Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has won the Steinway Förderpreis in Germany, the Astral Artists National Auditions in the US, and has received on multiple occasions, the “Sobresaliente” Award from the hands of Queen Sofía of Spain.
 

Praised for her unique artistry and charismatic stage presence, she has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents, performing at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Grand Hall of the Dimitri Shostakovich Philharmonia in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


Pallavi is honored to be selected by Sir András Schiff for his concert series, Building Bridges, a platform to support and promote young pianists. She opened the series’ 2019-2020 season with a solo recital at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and recently made her debut at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn. Upcoming concerts in the 2019-2020 season include concerto performances, solo, and chamber music recitals across Europe and the United States. 


Last season, Pallavi made her debut at the Konzerthaus in Berlin with Metamorphosen Berlin under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, in Budapest at the MÜPA with the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda under Róbert Farkas, and with the Eugene Symphony in Oregon under fellow Curtis classmate, Teddy Abrams. She gave chamber music recitals in Lisbon with Diemut Poppen and Pavel Gomziakov, in Geneva with István Várdai, and in Villefranche-sur-Mer with Theo Fouchennert.  This past June, she gave a special performance of Kurtag’s Játékok, upon invitation of Ensemble Vide, at the Villa Bernasconi in Geneva.


Pallavi has performed at important festivals such as Marlboro Music and Verbier Festival. She has given chamber music performances with renowned artists such as Wolfram Christ, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Michael Rusinek, and has performed under the direction of Arjan Tien and Thomas Sanderling, amongst others.
 

Pallavi’s musical projects have covered an extensive range, from standard Classical works, to music of contemporary and living composers, to fusion and crossover projects. She has collaborated with drummer Questlove of "The Roots" and international singer/songwriter Keren Ann for a genre-defying concert, fusing the classical world with hiphop, jazz, and folk-pop artists, at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. She gave performances of Steve Reich’s Double Sextet with the multi-Grammy Award-winning ensemble, “eighth blackbird”. She has premiered a large piano work, titled “Fantasia and Fugue in C” by one of India’s leading film composers, Vanraj Bhatia.


Pallavi 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 with Dimitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, where she is now a Piano Professor for their Music & Culture Summer Camp in Madrid, Spain.

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Repertoire

SOLO REPERTOIRE



Albéniz 

Asturias (Leyenda)


Arensky 

Etude Op. 25 No. 3


Bach 

Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 870

Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 873

French Suite No. 1 in d minor, BWV 812

French Suite No. 2 in c minor, BWV 813

English Suite No. 3 in g minor, BWV 808 Partita No. 3 in a minor, BWV 827

Toccata in e minor, BWV 914

Contrapunctus I - Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080


Bach/Petri 

Sheep may safely graze, BWV 208


Bartok 

Sonata Sz. 80


Beethoven 

Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 no. 3

Sonata No. 8 in c minor, Op. 13

Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14 no.1

Sonata No. 12 in A flat Major, Op. 26

Sonata No. 14 in c sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 2

Sonata No. 17 in d minor, Op. 31 no. 2 

Sonata No. 18 in E flat Major, Op. 31 no. 3

Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53

Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54

Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57

Sonata No. 30 E Major, Op. 109

Sonata No. 31 A flat Major, Op. 110

Andante Favori WoO 57

Fantasy in B flat Major, Op. 77

32 Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 80

10 Variations on “La stessa, la stessissima”, WoO 73


Berio 

Six Encores


Bhatia 

Fantasia and Fugue in C


Brahms 

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 - Selections

Waltzes for Piano, Op. 39

Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 2

Fantasien, Op. 116

Intermezzi, Op. 117

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel, Op. 24

Chaconne from J.S. Bach for left hand alone


Chaminade 

Arabesque No. 1, Op. 61 

Arabesque No. 2, Op. 92 


Chopin 

Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58 

Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major, O. 47

Ballade No. 4 in f minor, Op. 52

Scherzo No. 1 in b minor, Op. 20

Scherzo No. 3 in c sharp minor, Op. 39

Barcarolle in F sharp Major, Op. 60

Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29

Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36

Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51

Fantasie-Impromptu No. 4 in C-sharp minor, Op. 66

Fantaisie in f minor, Op. 49

Etude Op. 10 no. 4, 5, 8, 9 

Etude Op. 25 no. 3, 4, 5 ,11

Mazurka Op. 24 no. 1

Mazurka Op. 33 no. 2

Mazurka Op. 59 no. 3 

24 Preludes, Op. 28 - selections 

Waltz No. 14 in e minor

Nocturne No. 1 in b flat minor, Op. 9 no.1

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 9 no.2

Nocturne No. 3 in B Major, Op. 9 no.3

Nocturne No. 20a in c sharp minor, KK IVa Nr. 16


Crumb 

Makrokosmos Bk II, No. 1, 2, 3 


Debussy 

Suite Bergamasque

Pour le Piano

Deux Arabesques

Images I, Book I


Gershwin 

3 Preludes


Granados 

Danza Español no. 2

Goyescas: Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor


Haydn 

Sonata No. 50 in D Major, Hob. XVI: 37

Sonata in e minor, Hob. XVI: 34 

Variations in f minor, Hob. XVII: 6


Liszt 

Sonata in b minor, S 178

Rhapsodie Espagnole

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Grand Etudes after Paganini: No. 1 - 6, S. 141

V. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pélerinage: 2me Année) 

Consolation No. 3

Liebesträum No. 3


Martin  

8 Preludes for Piano


Mozart 

Sonata No. 2 in F Major, KV 280

Sonata No. 12 in F Major, KV 332 Sonata No. 14 in c minor, KV 457

Sonata No. 18 in D Major, KV 576

Fantasie KV 475

10 Variations on an air of Gluck “Unser dummer Pöbel meint”


Prokofiev  

Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14

Sonata No. 5 in C Major, Op. 135

Visions Fugitives, Op. 22

March from “The Love for Three Oranges”, Op. 33


Rachmaninoff 

Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42

Liebesleid (Kreisler)

Liebesfreud (Kreisler)

Etude-Tableau in C Major, Op. 33 no. 2


Ravel   

Miroirs

Ma Mere L’oye


Satie 

Nocturne No. 4

Effronterie

Pieces Froides III


Schubert 

Sonata in a minor, D 784

Sonata in a minor, D 845

Sonata in c minor, D 958

Four Impromptus, Op. 90, D899

Fantasie for Four Hands in F minor D. 940


C. Schumann 

Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20 


R. Schumann 

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 


Scriabin 

Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19


Scarlatti 

Sonata in D Major, K 118

Sonata in d minor, K 1

Sonata in G Major, K 454 


Soler 

Sonata No. 84 in D Major


Shostakovich 

24 Preludes, Op. 34 - Selections

Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in e flat minor, Op. 87


Stravinsky  

Piano Rag Music

Tango

Etude no. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 7


Walker 

Sonata No. 2




CONCERTO REPERTOIRE



Beethoven 

Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37

Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Choral Fantasy, Op. 80


Brahms 

Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, Op. 83


Gershwin 

Rhapsody in Blue

Second Rhapsody


Haydn  

Concerto No. 11 in D Major, Hob XVIII:11


Liszt  

Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, S 124


Mendelssohn 

Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25


Messiaen 

“Oiseaux Exotiques”


Mozart  

Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K 415

Concerto No. 15 in B flat Major, K 450

Concerto No. 18 in B flat Major, K 456

Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K 459

Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466

Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K 467

Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488

Concerto No. 24 in c minor, K 491

Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K 503


Prokofiev   

Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26


Rachmaninoff  

Concerto No. 1 in f sharp minor, Op. 1 (1917)

Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18

Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43


Ravel  

Concerto in G Major


Saint-Säens 

Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22

Carnival of the Animals


Tchaikovsky  

Concerto No. 1 in b flat minor, Op. 23 




CHAMBER MUSIC REPERTOIRE



Adams 

Road Movies for Violin and Piano (1995)


Albéniz 

Sevilla (arr. Jascha Heifetz)


Arensky 

Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 32


Bach 

Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1029


Bartok 

Piano Quintet in C Major, Sz. 23

Viola Concerto 


Beethoven 

Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in E flat Major

Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 3 in c minor

Piano Trio Op. 11 in B flat Major

Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 in D Major “Ghost”

Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 16

Trio for Piano, Flute, and Bassoon in G Major, WoO 37

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24

Violin Sonata No. 7 in c minor, Op. 30 No. 2

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”, WoO 46


Bernstein  

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano


Brahms 

Violin Sonata in d minor, Op. 108

Cello Sonata in e minor, Op. 38

Clarinet/Viola Sonata in f minor, Op. 120 No.1

Clarinet/Viola Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 120 No.2

Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op. 114

Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 101 

Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25

Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60

Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34


Britten 

Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland for Viola and Piano,  Op. 48


Bruch   

Eight Pieces, Op. 83


Carter 

Sonata for Cello and Piano


Chaminade 

Concertino for Flute and Piano or Orchestra, Op. 107


Debussy 

Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano

Cello Sonata

Violin Sonata


Dohnanyi 

Piano Quintet No. 1 in c minor Op. 1

Piano Quintet No. 2 in e flat minor Op. 26


Dvorak 

Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”

Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 67


Enescu

Konzertstück


Ewazen 

Trio for Trumpet, Violin, and Piano


Fauré 

Fantaisie in E minor for Flute and Piano or Orchestra, Op. 79

Dolly Suite, Op. 56


Franck 

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major


Gaubert 

Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando for Flute and Piano 


Gershwin 

3 Preludes (arr. Kreisler)

Three melodies from the opera Porgy and Bess


Glinka 

Grand Sextett


Granados 

Danza española (arr. Shlomo Mintz and Clifford Benson)


Grieg 

Violin Sonata No. 3 in c minor, Op. 45


Händel/Halvorsen 

Passacaglia in G minor (arr. by Tomáš Kačo)


Hindemith 

Trauermusik

Viola Sonata Op. 11, No. 4


Janáček 

Pohádka 


Kreisler 

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Schön Rosmarin


Messiaen 

“Oiseaux Exotiques” 


Mendelssohn 

Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 49

Piano Trio No. 2 in c minor, Op. 66

Piano Quartet No. 2 in f minor, Op. 2


Mozart 

Piano Quartet in g minor, K 478

Violin Sonata in e minor, K 304

Trio in E-flat major, K. 498 (“Kegelstatt”)


Pärt 

Fratres


Piazzola 

Libertango


Ponce 

Estrellita


Poulenc  

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano 

Sonata for Flute and Piano

Sonata for Piano Four Hands


Rachmaninoff 

Trio Elegiaque No. 1 in g minor


Ravel 

Sonata for violin and piano


Reich  

Double Sextet


Reinecke 

Trio in A minor for Oboe, Horn and Piano, Op. 188  


Saint-Säens/Ysaÿe  

Caprice


Schoenberg  

Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47


Schoenfield  

Café Music


Schubert 

Fantasie for Four Hands in f minor D. 940

Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821

Piano Trio No.1 in B flat Major, D. 898

Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 115 “Trout”


Schumann 

Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 47

Andante and Variations for two pianos, Op. 46

Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132

5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102


Shostakovich  

Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67

Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57

Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, Op. 40 

Viola Sonata Op. 147


Sibelius 

Three Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.116


Szymanowski/Paganini 

Capriccio No. 24 in A minor for violin and piano


Tchaikovsky 

Piano Trio in a minor, Op. 50


Vieuxtemps 

Yankee Doodle Souvenir d’Amerique Op. 17


Weber 

Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48

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