Farhan Malik’s extensive knowledge of historical pianists, piano literature, and the evolution of performance styles has made him a sought after lecturer, writer, and critic.  His numerous articles and discographies have appeared in the world’s leading piano journals. His published surveys covering the recorded legacy of specific works have set new standards in the field of criticism.

Farhan Malik has studied recorded piano performance from the beginning of the recording era through the present day. He is a serious collector of piano recordings and has amassed a world-class collection of historically important piano recordings.  He has worked with several CD companies on historical pianist projects, including Marston Records with whom he produced the critically acclaimed 3-CD set The Complete Recordings of Emil von Sauer, and with Philips Classics on their “Great Pianists of the 20th Century” 200-CD edition. 

Considered an authority on the Russian piano tradition, he has written extensively on Vladimir Sofronitsky, Sviatoslav Richter, and Alexander Scriabin, among others. His discography of the complete recordings of Vladimir Sofronitsky was published in International Piano Quarterly.  He has done much work to promote the works of Alexander Scriabin and has served on the board of directors of the Scriabin Society of America.  His discography of recorded Scriabin was published by the Scriabin Society in 1997.

Neglected piano literature of the 18th and 19th centuries is another area in which he has specialized.  Among his future projects are a book on 19th-century piano interpretation and how it compares to the present day, a listener's guide to piano recordings, and an encyclopedic catalogue of 78rpm piano recordings.

Farhan Malik holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance.



JUNE 6, 2014


Lecture: The Golden Age of Piano Playing

Farhan Malik will discuss and play recordings of some of history's greatest pianists.  He will also talk about stylistic differences between historic and modern-day pianists.  Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ignaz Friedman, Josef Hofmann, Josef Lhevinne, and Benno Moiseiwitsch will be among the pianists whose recordings will be featured.

JUNE 8, 2014


Lecture: Interpretation and the Composer's Intentions

Farhan Malik will compare vastly different interpretations of piano works, examine the often used phrase "the composer's intentions," and discuss whether the composer's intentions requires absolute fidelity to the musical text.  Historical recordings, archival documents, and anecdotal evidence will be presented to support the points made during the lecture.