Arsha Kaviani, born and raised in Dubai, made a mark on the international classical music scene as a young pianist to watch. Arsha has been soloist with orchestras such as the Qatar Philharmonic (Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto) and the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev 2nd Concerto), appeared at the Abu Dhabi/Al Ain Classics and Chetham’s Piano festivals (he opened the 2010 festival with Busoni’s monumental Piano Concerto), and given solo and chamber music recitals in venues ranging from London’s St. Johns Smith Square, where he played an all-Godowksy program to critical acclaim, to the Moscow Conservatoire, the Camel House Concert Hall in the Canary Islands and Dubai (Dubai Concert Series and opening of Steinway & Sons Middle East). His performance with the Qatar Philharmonic was the focus of a widely distributed mini-documentary by Al Jazeera.
Arsha was selected as one of the Young Soloists of the highly prestigous Orpheum Foundation, which sponsored his debut with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in September 2013 under Kristjan Jarvi; for which the critic of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote “The composition [Strauss’ Burleske] was suitable not only for the representation of Kaviani’s dazzling virtuosity, but also came to meet his flair for witty and sparkling scherzando elements.”
Fascinated by previous centuries’ piano virtuosos – who, besides playing the major staples of the piano repertoire, were expected to compose their own, as well as improvise on and transcribe other composers’ works – Mr. Kaviani regularly improvises on themes provided by the audience during concerts. He also performs his own compositions and unjustly neglected works, including composers such as Samuil Feinberg, Leopold Godowsky, Nikolai Medtner and Ferruccio Busoni, and champions the repertoire staples by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov.