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World-famous pianist Alexander Malofeev performs in Scaccia Auditorium
Keith McShea

One of the best pianists in the world performed Monday morning for the Canisius High School community in Scaccia Auditorium.

Alexander Malofeev, a 22-year-old Russian pianist who has earned international acclaim since a young age, played with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this past weekend at its Rachmaninoff Festival.

Malofeev – who came to international prominence in 2014 when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at age 13 – is performing on tours of China and Europe during the 2023-24 season, during which he will also play at New York's Carnegie Hall.

He made his United States solo debut in Buffalo in September 2021 and made his U.S. full orchestra debut in March 2022 with the BPO and Conductor JoAnn Falletta.

Monday's program consisted of: Bach-Feinberg: Concerto for solo organ No. 2; Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand; Tchaikovsky-Pletnev (from The Nutcracker Suite): Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Pas de Deux; Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op.2, Etudes-tableau from Op. 33, Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 36.

Malofeev's visit to Canisius was arranged by arts supporters Bud Whistler '61 and wife Sandy.

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