Programme Details

Programme Details

A piano recital by MAROUAN BENABDALLAH

A piano recital by MAROUAN BENABDALLAH

Start Date : 09th November 2017
Marouan Benabdallah, piano

Not yet thirty-five, acclaimed pianist Marouan Benabdallah is indisputably the leading representative of his native Morocco on the international concert stage, having recently performed debut recitals at Carnegie Hall? Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Teatro Colon with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel. With a musical heritage deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition, Mr. Benabdallah received his formal training at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in 2008, was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music - an honor he shares with such artists as Placido Domingo, Jos?ura and others. After being awarded the First Prize at nearly every major competition in his native Morocco by age 13, Mr. Benabdallah first attracted international attention in 2003, following his triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition.

Marouan Benabdallah? ?tunning natural virtuosity?(Nice-Matin,France) and ?elicate stylishness?(Cleveland Plain Dealer) placed him as soloist in front of numerous orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Marouan Benabdallah? recent performance highlights include the Aspen Music Festival, the Gstaad Music Festival; an extensive tour of India that featured the young pianist in a recital setting and as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of India in performances of Liszt? Piano Concerto No. 1; The Washington Times later wrote of Benabdallah? concert: ?r. Benabdallah performed the work with great vigor and precision, displaying professionalism, assurance, and poise while still bringing out the flashiness that? a hallmark of this driving concerto.?Although still on the onset of his career, Marouan Benabdallah has been acclaimed for his ?ultivated sense of architecture and harmonic implication?(Cleveland Plain Dealer), ?tunning interpretation [Liszt]?(Le Journal Sa^et-Loire), ?heer ease and mastery of the piano? (Metrolife), ?killful control?(Daily Times) and a ?tunning virtuosityTevoid of smoke and mirrors?(The Nice-Matin).

However, his acclaim is not limited to the press. He has been described by legendary pianist Ferenc Rados, who served as a mentor to the young artist, as a ?emarkable musician? while famed pianist Daniel Barenboim commended his ?pontaneity?and ?atural playing.? Possessing a deep musical interest that exceeds the confines of his instrument, Mr. Benabdallah also trained as a conductor during his studies at the Bela Bartok Conservatory, where he was a student of Gabor Eckhardt. In 2007, he received his diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy under the guidance of Sandor Falvai and Kalman Drafi after a triumphant performance of Rachmaninoff?. Third piano concerto.

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