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Spanish pianist Eduardo Fernandez on Indian music and his maiden recital in the country.

music Updated: Jul 02, 2012 18:19 IST
Soumya Vajpayee

Madrid-born pianist Eduardo Fernandez has performed at some of the most well-known concert halls around the world. Having toured Italy, France, Denmark, China, Chile, Argentina, among several other countries, the 31-year-old Spanish pianist now makes his way to India.

This Friday, he will be performing in the city at the NCPA. Ahead of his maiden recital in the country, Fernandez shares his excitement about playing in the country: “I’ve always been captivated by its rich music and folklore.” He also closely follows Indian music. Talking about his favourites, he says, “I really admire Zubin Mehta and Ravi Shankar due to their active association with western classical music.” In January, after a performance by noted American pianist Terry Riley, this will be the second such recital at the NCPA. KN Suntook, chairman, NCPA, says, “Eduardo has not only performed at some of the most prestigious events, he has travelled throughout Europe and South America.

I’m sure the Indian audiences will love his work.” Fernandez is hoping for a good turnout at his first India concert. He plans to perform pieces by various artistes. “I’ve chosen pieces that range from the intimate romanticism of Brahms to the symphonic work of Schumann and Rachmaninov,” says Fernandez, adding, “I’ll also be performing Petrouchka, which is rarely played live due to the technical complexity it involves.” Fernandez is associated with a Spanish foundation that helps poor children and their families.

He says, “Niños de Guarataro is a non-profit foundation. I do a charity recital every year to help fund them. It feels great when my art helps underprivileged people.” The self-professed Indophile also adds, “I’m in love with Indian cuisine. I cook some dishes at home too. Also, people in Spain are very fond of Indian films.”