Evelyne Brancart

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Evelyne Brancart, piano

April 6, 2013 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall

A world–renowned pianist and teacher, Evelyne Brancart will perform Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 53, Schumann’s Sonata Op. 11 and Chopin’s Etudes Op. 25.

Evelyne Brancart is currently Professor of Music (Piano) at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and was chair of the Piano Department from August 2001 to January 2011. Previous teaching positions include The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Rice University in Houston, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Aspen Summer Music School, where she innovated a seminar devoted to Chopin and Liszt Etudes. Her conference on the Chopin Etudes: “The Hand as a Source of Inspiration” and her seminar: “The Art of Playing the Piano,” as well as “Deconstruction for Reconstruction” (Reflections on J.S. Bach) have tremendous success amongst pianists, piano teachers, amateurs and musicians.

Brancart was born in Belgium where she studied 10 years with the great Spanish master Eduardo del Pueyo and later with Maria Curcio, Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler. She was a prizewinner in many international competitions including: Queen Elisabeth–Belgium, (where she returned as a judge in 1999) Montreal, Viotti–Italy, Munich (with her duo partner cellist Anthony Ross) and Gina Bacchauer–Salt Lake City. She played many recitals all over Europe (Wigmore, Queen Elisabeth...) and made several recordings with BBC orchestras before moving to the States in 1980. She made her debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1982 with a much–noted performance of Chopin 24 etudes and Brahms Paganini Variations.

Brancart is very involved in chamber music. Between 1986 and 1990 she was a member of the Seraphim Trio with whom she performed all Beethoven Piano Trios. More recently she performed all violin and cello Beethoven sonatas and appeared with artists like Joshua Bell, Atar Arad, Jeremy Denk, Miriam Fried, Gary Hoffman, Tony Ross, Arnold Steinhardt and the Orion String Quartet. She has been a regular guest at the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Da Camera (Houston), Leicester Music Festival in England, Mozart Festival in Lille France, Music at the Red Sea in Israel, Perry Sound and Sainte–Petronille in Canada, Bay Chamber in Maine, Close Encounters with Music in Florida and the Festival D’Horrues in Belgium. More recently Evelyne Brancart gave recitals and master classes in Belgium, Taiwan, Chile, Spain, Washington and Los Angeles. Her live recording of Chopin 24 Etudes accompanied by 24 original cooking recipes was released by Delos (CD + CDROM). “The Art of Playing the Piano,” an original and integral piano playing teaching method will be soon available on DVD.

Deutsche Gramophon: Live performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.467
Koch Discover: Brahms-Paganini Variations and Liszt-Paganini Etudes
Boston Records: Elliot Carter’s Sonata for cello and piano, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19, with cellist Anthony Ross
Teldec: Sonatas with violist Atar Arad
Decca: Ravel Jeux d’eau
Delos (DE 3411) CHEZ CHOPIN 24 etudes 24 recipes
24 Chopin Etudes performed live (CD) accompanied by 24 original cooking recipes (CD ROM)

Ticket prices: $11–$12. Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets – $5 discount tickets in person at the Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Student tickets are not available online. One ticket per ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

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