2nd Prize piano 2014
Known for her artistic versatility, Pallavi Mahidhara combines mature musical insight, an astounding technique, and a charismatic stage presence. She has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, performing at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain, Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile, Casa de la Música in Quito, Ecuador, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, National Concert Hall in Beijing, China, City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Grand Hall of the Dimitri Shostakovich Philharmonia in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Ms. Mahidhara is the Second Prize winner of the 2014 Geneva International Piano Competition, as well as the Young Audience Award. She recently won the Steinway Förderpreis in Berlin. She also won Second Prize at the VI International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in 2013, she won 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. Also in 2008, she was awarded Fourth Prize, the Audience Award, and the Prize for “Best Romantic Concerto” at the UNISA International Piano Competition. She has been featured on “Piano Grand,” a celebration of the Piano’s 300th birthday, hosted by Billy Joel and produced by the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Public Television. Ms. Mahidhara was awarded the “Most Promising Young Pianist” at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland, and received a $25,000 Davidson Fellowship at the age of 15 for her extraordinary achievements in the field of music.