Eve Egoyan, piano (Toronto)
“Egoyan’s remarkable playing balanced that delicacy with intense focus, holding all in a net…the spaces in between the notes were still charged with presence…I even found myself confusing sound with touch…so convincingly had Egoyan restitched our reference points.” - Globe and Mail, 2007
Eve Egoyan is a concert pianist who specializes in the performance of new works. Her intense focus, command of the instrument, insightful interpretations, and unique programmes welcome audiences into unknown territory, bridging the gap between them and contemporary composers. Composers have a uniformly high regard for her performances of their works, often considering them definitive.
Eve has performed the world première and North American premières of many works by Canadian and international composers: Maria de Alvear, Gavin Bryars, Alvin Curran, Michael Finnissy, Mamoru Fujieda, Jo Kondo, Masahiro Miwa, Erik Satie, Karen Tanaka, and Judith Weir and Canadian composers John Abram, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, José Evangelista, Anthony Genge, Rudolf Komorous, Michael Longton, Juliet Palmer, Stephen Parkinson, James Rolfe, John Mark Sherlock, Linda C. Smith, Ann Southam, James Tenney and Gayle Young. She has appeared as a solo recitalist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Japan, and the U.S.. Eve has released six critically acclaimed discs, five of works by living composers and one disc of works by Erik Satie.
As an improvising musician Eve has had the opportunity to perform with the following extraordinary musicians: Fred Frith, Michael Snow, Malcolm Goldstein, Anne Bourne, Martin Arnold and Casey Sokol. Other collaborations have included dance projects, interdisciplinary performance, film work and sound installations.
In 2007 Eve performed three contemporary concerti with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra during their "New Currents Festival", two solo programmes at “Dias da Música” at the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal and improvised at The Stone in New York. In October 2007, she performed the complete five-hour “Inner Cities” at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, (to be broadcast nationally on CBC’s “The Signal” and “Sunday Afternoon in Concert”) which she will tour to Vancouver and New York in 2008. She performed “Asking”, a work written for her by Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear, in New York as part of the Interpretations series. This concert celebrated its launch on Mode Records, New York. Eve recorded her seventh Disc, “Simple Lines of Enquiry” by Ann Southam, December 2007.
Eve studied standard repertoire in Canada (B.Mus. University of Victoria and M.Mus. at the University of Toronto) as well as in Europe for four years on full scholarship (Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin, DAAD scholarship, and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Commonwealth Scholarship). Honours include numerous commissions and awards from the Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, FACTOR, a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumna Award, a K.M. Hunter Award, and a Chalmers Award.
Eve’s interest in music by living composers began after her first new music concert in 1994. Working with living composers, on a modern instrument and playing music of our time is extremely important to Eve who intuitively feels these elements bring her closer to the creative source, something she hopes to share with her audiences.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
University Recital Hall (W570)