Pianist Evelyne Brancart Career
Wigmore Hall Debut: There can be little doubt in the mind of any of her audience at Wigmore Hall on Saturday evening that the 21-year old pianist from Brussels is destined to greatness - London Daily Telegraph, March, 1976
Receiving Queen Elisabeth Competition Award From Queen Fabiola
New York Debut
RECITAL — QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, LONDON
SOLOIST — NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF BELGIUM
PERFORMING IN DUBLIN
My studies culminated — and my career began—with a prize at the 1975 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. I was also a laureate of other international competitions, including Montréal (1976), Viotti (1979), and later Munich (1984) and Gina Bachauer (1986).
A highlight was a special- issue Deutsche Grammophon recording of my live performance of the Mozart C Major Concert, K 467 (performed during the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition).
Soon after moving to London (with my first husband, violist Atar Arad), I gave a highly successful debut at Wigmore Hall. This was followed by performances throughout the UK, Belgium, Soviet Union; and concerto performances and recordings with BBC Orchestra, as well as a critIcally acclaimed recital at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
When I was nine-months pregnant with my first daughter, I was invited to perform two concertos and a recital in Belgium, that led to the distinction of receiving the Gold Medal from the Government— the nation's highest artist honor.
On July 4, 1980, I arrived in the United States and lived in Rochester, New York following my husband's dream to join a string quartet — Atar had accepted a position with the Cleveland String Quartet at the Eastman School of Music. I subsequently performed my New York Debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 1982 while expecting my second daughter!
My teaching career began in 1986, first at the Eastman School of Music followed by an appointment at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Along with serving as pianist of the Seraphin Trio, I performed solo and collaborative performances across the Unites States, Mexico, and Canada — including the Aspen Music Festival.
I subsequently taught at Rice University's Shepard School of Music for a year before accepting a position on the piano faculty of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in 1992. I have been a professor there since then*, and chaired the piano department for ten year period.
*I have also had teaching positions at the San Francisco Conservatory and at the University of Florida at Coral Cables