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Date(s) - 19/04/2024
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alliance française


La Nuit – The Night
An exploration through music and paintings

The night is the realm of indistinguishability, the moment of revelation, of enlightenment. The night has always been paradoxical and malleable, it is reassuring as it is disturbing. It is a place of the imagination and the subconscious, a place that inspires artists and fires their creativity.
How do we depict the night? How do we give colour to such dark hours? How to make the night musical?
Marouan Benabdallah invites the audience to an exploration of the night through paintings and music focusing on French composers from the early 20th century.

Date: April 19th, 2024
Time: 7 pm
Venue : Art Gallery, Alliance Française Chandigarh
Performance: Piano concert (1 hour appx)
Entry: Free & Open to all!

About Artist

Not yet forty-two, acclaimed pianist Marouan Benabdallah is indisputably the leading representative of his native Morocco on the international concert stage.  With a musical heritage deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition, Marouan Benabdallah received his formal training at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

 He first attracted international attention in 2003, following his triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition and the Andorra Grand Prize. More recently, he was a prizewinner at the Hilton Head Piano Competition (US) and the Arthur Rubinstein Master Competition in Tel-Aviv where the local media proclaimed his playing “miraculous” (Maariv).

 Marouan Benabdallah has been praised for his “stunning natural virtuosity” (Nice-Matin), “delicate stylishness” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “compelling sense of momentum” (Washington Post) and “resourceful pianism, lyrical instincts and thoughtfulness” (New York Times). He has been invited as guest soloist by numerous orchestras in Europe, Asia, America and Africa, and has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Zoltan Kocsis, Iván Fischer, Renato Palumbo, Tan Lihua and others.

He has performed on stages such as the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Music Academy and the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Oriental Art Centre in Shanghai, the Teatro Communale di Bologna, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Bombay, the Cairo Opera House, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall in London.

In 2014, he initiated the Arabæsque Music Project researching and presenting classical composers from the Arab world on the international concert stage.

Marouan Benabdallah makes his home between Budapest, Rabat, Paris and Beijing.

He is a “Yamaha Artists” and serves on the piano faculty at the Budapest Liszt Academy [University] of Music.

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