Globally renowned Indian-American pianist and Levine Music alumna Pallavi Mahidhara joins Levine’s Honors program as the first-ever Artist in Residence. Pallavi will work with the students in the 2022-23 Honors cohort and provide artistic mentorship during a series of workshops, rehearsals, and performance classes while helping to shape the experience of Levine’s merit-based scholarship program.
Following her orchestral debut at the age of 10 at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Pallavi has enjoyed a vibrant career with appearances in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents, including the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, and Verbier Festival. The Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Essen released a live performance recording of her recital from October 2021, which is now available on Spotify. Pallavi is currently the Artistic Advisor and a Piano Professor for the Young Artists Program at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, Spain and is regularly invited to teach for Curtis’s Mentor Alumni Program. She is also the Executive Producer, Writer, and Host of The Conscious Artist, a podcast that promotes mental health awareness for musicians, artists, and all human beings.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, her master’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, and studied for several years with Dimitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. But before all that, Pallavi studied piano right here at Levine Music with Julian Martin.
“I have had a 20+ year relationship with Levine—it is one of my first musical homes. It means a great deal for me to be able to return now in a teaching and mentor capacity. I look forward to working with the talented students of the Honors Program and hope that my knowledge and experience will be able to help guide the next generations,” shared Pallavi, reflecting on her new residency at Levine.
Levine’s Honors Program is designed for advanced music students who are passionate about music performance and the role of the musician in society. Through group activities that enhance students’ musicianship, technique, creativity, and entrepreneurship, students develop skills to become well-rounded artists and ambassadors for music in their community. Honors alumni have gone on to study at institutions including Juilliard, Peabody, New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, Harvard, and Princeton, and are members of numerous professional ensembles, from major symphony orchestras to touring string quartets and contemporary music ensembles.
Learn more about Levine’s Honors Program: https://www.levinemusic.org/lessons-and-classes/areas-of-study/merit-programs/