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 since regularly appeared in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Ms. Mahidhara is the Second Prize winner of the 2014 Geneva International Piano Competition. She won Second Prize at the 2013 International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as the Astral Artists National Auditions in Philadelphia. In September 2008, on a few hours' notice, she stepped in for Van Cliburn at the Liberty Medal Award ceremony, honoring former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She was awarded Fourth Prize, the Audience Award, and the Prize for “Best Romantic Concerto” at the 2008 UNISA International Piano Competition. Ms. Mahidhara has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival and the Verbier Academy, amongst others. Throughout her High School studies, she was a student of Julian Martin at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2010, she joined the class of Professor Dimitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In 2012 and 2013, she received from the hands of Queen Sofía of Spain, the “Sobresaliente” Award, for Outstanding work and Excellence. She is currently completing her Master's Degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Professor Eldar Nebolsin.
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