Tuesday, February 10, 2009
U of L Recital Hall, W570
Widely-acclaimed pianist Jacques Després has dazzled audiences for over two decades in his native Canada and the U.S. with his sensitive, yet powerful style and sympathetic interpretations of a broad range of composers. Since his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1978, he has performed throughout North America as a soloist and recitalist.
A member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Alberta since 2000, he is also a noted scholar and teacher. An authority on piano performance and repertoire, he has been a frequent guest lecturer at music festivals and academic institutions. His term as Music Director for Stony Brook’s Summer Serenades helped draw a large and enthusiastic audience to that very successful lecture concert series. His recordings include a widely praised release, on Naxos, of the complete keyboard works by Joseph Martin Kraus, as well as Kraus’ complete works for violin and piano with violinist Walter Schwede, a world premiere recording of The New Goldberg Variations, with cellist Tanya Prochazka, solo piano works of Jean- Paul Liardet on VDE/Gallo, and Ballades and The Children’s World of Debussy and Bartók on the Arktos label.