Internationally acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt performs UAE debut recital at NYU Abu Dhabi

Internationally acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) as part of an exclusive artist residency from December 4-8. Pratt’s visit comes as a result of a unique collaboration between NYUAD’s Music Program, The Institute, and The Arts Center.

Piano recital at The Arts Center at NYUAD

The eminent pianist will perform his UAE debut with a piano recital on Thursday, December 5, at 8pm. Taking place in The Red Theater at The Arts Center, audiences will experience an evening of masterworks for solo piano featuring Opus 110 by Beethoven, Prelude Chorale Fugue by Franck, and Piano Sonata in B Minor by Liszt. To attend this performance, please visit this link.

Piano masterclass sponsored by the Music Program

Pratt’s artist residency at NYUAD will also include a Music Program sponsored piano masterclass on Wednesday, December 4, at 7pm, which will be held in The Blue Hall at The Arts Center. During this master class, Pratt will work with three NYUAD student pianists in the presence of an invited audience, providing deep insights into his musicality and technical approach. To RSVP for the masterclass, please request an invitation here.

Lecture-recital at The NYUAD Institute

Finally, Pratt’s residency at NYUAD will feature a lecture-recital entitled Haven’t I Heard This Before? How Music Is Recycled in Piano Works by Beethoven, Franck, and Liszt at The NYUAD Institute on Sunday, December 8, at 6:30pm. The lecture will explore the musical forms used by Beethoven, Franck, and Liszt, as well as how musical form is critical to the formation of memory. To attend the lecture-recital, please register here.

Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center at NYUAD Bill Bragin said, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with our colleagues in the Music Program as well as The NYUAD Institute. Awadagin Pratt’s visit beautifully demonstrates the strength of NYUAD’s integrated artist residency model, which includes performances, knowledge building, and capacity building, all in a concentrated period that makes the most of an artist’s time in the UAE to contribute to the cultural and intellectual life of Abu Dhabi.”

Assistant Professor of Music at NYUAD Gwyneth Bravo commented, “As part of this important partnership, our Music Program faculty feel honored and privileged to have a pianist of Pratt’s international stature here at NYUAD to share his musical insights and artistry with our community as well as with our students.”

Assistant Director of Public Programming at The NYUAD Institute Nahed Ahmed added, “The Institute aims to enhance the intellectual fabric among the local community of Abu Dhabi at large through an ambitious array of cultural programs. Pratt’s visit to our campus is certainly a step closer towards fulfilling this vision; we very much look forward to his series of performances at NYU Abu Dhabi.”

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Pratt is recognized for his musical insight and intensely involving performances with symphony orchestras. At the age of 16, he enrolled at the University of Illinois; he went onto graduate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting.

Since then, he has performed in nearly every major orchestra in the United States as well as at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the NJ Performing Arts Center. Pratt also performed in the East Room of the White House in November 2009.

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