Art of the Piano

Art of the Piano


Evelyne Brancart

Art of Playing the Piano Director
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Evelyne Brancart

Evelyne Brancart is currently Professor of Music (Piano) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington and Chair of the Piano Department since August 2001. 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 had tremendous success amongst pianists, piano teachers, amateurs and musicians.

Ms. Brancart was born in Belgium where she studied for 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.

Ms. Brancart is very involved in Chamber Music. Between 1986 and 1990 she was a member of the Seraphim Trio with whom she performed all the Beethoven Piano Trios. More recently she performed all the violin and cello Beethoven sonatas. She recently appeared with artists like Frederico Agostini, Atar Arad, Jeremy Denk, Miriam Fried, Gary Hoffman, Tony Ross, Arnold Steinhardt and the Orion String Quartet. She played 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.

During the last few years Ms. Brancart visited Belgium, Taiwan, Chili, and Spain where she has given many solo recitals and master classes and is very much in demand for her seminar "The Art of Playing the Piano".

Her live performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto K.467 was recorded and released by Deutsche Gramophon. Other recordings include the Brahms-Paganini Variations and Liszt-Paganini Etudes (Koch Discover), Elliot Carter's sonata for cello and piano, and Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19, with cellist Anthony Ross (Boston Records), as well as 0ther recordings with Teldec and Decca.

Chopin 24 Etudes with 24 cooking recipes will soon be available on RIAX.

Evelyne Brancart is a Steinway Artist.