Keyboard Concerti in India (1964-70)

IT SEEMS AS IF IT WERE YESTERYEAR. But, in fact, it was 54 years ago that I made my orchestral début at the New Empire Theatre in Calcutta as a piano soloist with the Calcutta Symphony Orchestra. That was the beginning of a series of five concerto performances in Calcutta and Delhi over the period 1964 through 1970.

Interestingly enough, I had already appeared abroad with various orchestras when competing as India’s sole representative in a number of high-profile International Piano Competitions held in Budapest, Hungary (1956), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1957), Bucharest, Romania (1958) and New York, USA (1961).

But it was only three years after my North American venture that I got the opportunity of performing on October 12, 1964 with the venerable Indian ensemble of West Bengal under the baton of Bernard “Bunny” Jacob (pictured alongside) in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

The concert review by The Statesman Music Critic in summary was: “Highly creditable debut….brilliant performance!”

Thereafter followed four other performances – one in Delhi, the Indian capital, the other three in Calcutta – as detailed in the hotlinked document here:  AZIM LEWIS CONCERTOS.

That included my concerto début with the Delhi Symphony Orchestra (conductor Harold Joseph) in a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto “The Emperor”.

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