Submitted by Supratim-Sanyal on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:24.
Washington, D.C., Sept 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Winner of the 2009 ACF International Competition Marouan Benabdallah performs a recital of works by Schubert, Debussy, Albeniz, Benabdeljalil, Granados and Ravel at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on November 5. Said the New York Times of his Carnegie Hall debut recital last May, “He played with rich colorings and flair, and brought tenderness to the lyrical musings and vigor to the bursts of chords and dizzying passagework.”
Not yet thirty and with a Hungarian mother and Moroccan father, Benabdallah’s musical heritage is deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition. He received his formal training at the Béla Bartók 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 Plácido Domingo.
Benabdallah first attracted international attention in 2003, following triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition, the Andorra International Competition (2003) and after that at the Naples (2004) International Piano Competition, after which he went on to perform in Germany, Austria, China, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.