Nuits du Beau Tas/Sonar: Frederic Rzewski by Stephane Ginsburgh
The amazing belgian pianist Stephane Ginsburgh will play for NBT Vox Pop festival in coprod with the Sonar Labels season, the speaking pianist works of Rzewski that are so politically engaged !
Frederic Rzewski, who is flinty and opinionated yet warm, is one of many great American composers whom a vast majority of America has never heard, or even heard of. But of that group, he may be the one with the most to say to us now. He has, for decades, been making thought-provoking, heart-wrenching music about issues that dominate the headlines today: the perils of incarceration, the tension between the government and the governed, the struggle for gay rights, the decimation of the industrial working class.
- Coming Together, solo version (1971)
- Dear Diary (2014)
- De Profundis (1992)
Bio Stephane Ginsburgh
Stephane Ginsburgh has been praised for his daring piano playing and appears regularly in recitals and chamber music worldwide and has performed at numerous festivals such as Ars Musica, Quincena Musical, ZKM Imatronic, Agora, Bach Academie Brugge, Ultima Oslo, Darmstadt Ferienkurse and Gaida (Vilnius).
A tireless surveyor of the repertoire but also exploring new combinations including voice, percussion, performance or electronics, he dedicates much of his energy to contemporary music. He regularly plays with the Ictus Ensemble under George-Elie Octors, has collaborated with many composers of whom he premiered works, as well as with choreographers and visual artists.
Stephane Ginsburgh recorded CDs for Sub Rosa label (Feldman, Duchamp, Satie, Fafchamps). He recorded the world premiere of two pieces by David Toub for World Edition. His Prokofiev complete piano sonatas are released by Cypres Records. His most recent release for Grand Piano/NAXOS is dedicated to the world premiere of the "Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard", a series of 24 Preludes and Fugues by the composer and writer Anthony Burgess.
After studying at the Conservatory, he worked with Paul Badura-Skoda, Claude Helffer, Jerome Lowenthal and Vitaly Margulis. He is a laureate of the Tenuto BRTN competition 1995 and has received the Pelemans Prize in 1999 from the Belgian composers union for his implication in performing Belgian contemporary music. In 1998, Stephane Ginsburgh co-founded SONAR (previously le Bureau des Arts), an active group of artists dedicated to different types of artistic expression and creation including music, dance and literature. He teaches piano at the Royal Music Conservatory and at the Dalcroze Institute, both in Brussels.
He studied philosophy of science at the Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.) and is pursuing a PhD in music at V.U.B./K.C.B.
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