A Carnegie Hall Debut

A Carnegie Hall Debut

Simon Ghraichy (Jean-François Meler)

When 29-year-old, Paris-based, Lebanese-Mexican classical pianist Simon Ghraichy walks onto the stage of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., he will fulfill a lifelong ambition.

“Carnegie Hall has always been a dream for me, an aspiration,” he says. “To me, as a European musician, Carnegie Hall reflects an America where all cultures and musical genres are welcome. I feel very honored to be having my New York City recital debut at that institution, especially since the 2015–2016 season is its 125th anniversary, and also the 50th anniversary of Vladimir Horowitz’s—my favorite pianist—great return to the musical scene after 10 years of absence in a concert at Carnegie Hall.”

Ghraichy’s Carnegie Hall program, “Liszt and the Americas,” features Liszt’s “Sonata in B Minor” and “Funeral March dedicated to the souvenir of Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico,” as well as works by Godowski, Gottschalk, Lecuona, Ponce and Villa-Lobos.

Concurrently, Ghraichy’s second CD, Duels, has just been released on Dutch label, Challenge.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Seventh Ave., at W. 57th St., Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.