Evelyne Brancart Biography
A native of Belgium, Ms. Brancart is recognized as one of the preeminent pianists of her generation, having been awarded prizes in four international piano competitions —Gina Bachauer-United States, Montreal-Canada, Viotti-Italy and the Queen Elisabeth in Belgium. She has additionally received international critical acclaim, and broad peer and public recognition from solo engagements with orchestra (including the National Orchestra of Belgium and the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and recitals in New York and London; and throughout Europe and the United States.
With artistry rooted in 19th century practices, Ms. Brancart background includes 10 years of work with Spanish master, Eduardo del Pueyo, a student of Liszt disciple Marie Jaëll, as well as later studies with Maria Curcio, Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler. Ms. Brancart was the youngest musician ever to be invited to study in the Chapelle Musicale de la Reine Elisabeth, and was later awarded the gold medal from the Belgian Government.
Noted as a musical collaborator and pedagogue as well as soloist, Ms. Brancart is Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) where she served as piano department chair for ten years. Along with seminars “The Hand as a Source of Inspiration" (On the Chopin Etudes) and "Deconstruction for Reconstruction" (Reflections on J.S. Bach), Ms. Brancart has given Master Classes worldwide, and will be performing and teaching in Argentina and Chile this coming summer, as well as at the Orford Music Academy and Festival in Canada. She has impacted many emerging pianists, many of whom have achieved significant careers as performers (including Jonathan Biss ) and university/conservatory level teachers.
Performances as a collaborative artist have taken Ms. Brancart across North America and internationally. Ensemble partners include the Cleveland, Pacifica and Orion String Quartets and many prominent instrumental artists. Additionally, Ms. Brancart has been a regular guest at the Aspen Music Festival and other important summer music festivals. She has been invited as a judge for competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition and International Piano Competition André Dumortier (Belgium), International Piano Competition Maria Clara Cullell (Costa Rica) and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (United States).
Along with her live recording of Chopin 24 Etudes, accompanied by 24 original cooking recipes (released by Delos), Ms. Brancart’s discography includes the Brahms-Paganini Variations and Liszt-Paganini Etudes (Koch Discover), a live Mozart concerto release by Deutsche Grammophon, and recordings on the Decca, Teldec and Telefuncken labels.