Internationally acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Beethoven, Brahms, Franck, and Auerbach. Among his generation of concert artists, Pratt is recognized for his musical insight and intensely involving performances. Experience an evening of masterworks for solo piano featuring:
- Beethoven: Opus 110
- Brahms: Ballades
- Franck: Prelude Chorale Fugue
- Auerbach: Chorale Fugue and Postlude
Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting.
He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Mr. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012. The concert is followed by a Q&A with the artist and NYUAD Music program head Matthew Quayle, moderated by NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Music Gwyneth Bravo.