July 18, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami (UM) has appointed pianist Evelyne Brancart as Professor of Music in the Department of Keyboard Performance. Evelyne Brancart is currently Professor of Music at the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington where she has taught since 1991 and served as chair of the Piano Department from August 2001 to January 2011. Brancart previously taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston and University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She will begin her appointment at Frost on August 15, coinciding with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.
An inspired performer and highly respected pedagogue, Evelyne Brancart recently gave recitals and master classes in Belgium, Canada, Chile, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, and across the USA. Last summer she was an invited faculty at the 2013 Chautauqua Piano Program in New York, Music Fest Perugia in Italy, as well as the Dublin International Piano Festival in Ireland, where she returns again this summer. Earlier in her career Brancart served a 10 year term as artist-faculty and corporate member at the Aspen Music Festival and School; was artist-faculty at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale Summer School of Music; and resident-artist at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival as well as the Red Sea Music Festival in Israel. Evelyne Brancart is a Steinway piano artist.
Her conference presentations such as “The Hand as a Source of Inspiration” (on Chopin’s 24 Etudes) and “Deconstruction for Reconstruction” (Reflections on J.S. Bach)—plus Chez Chopin, her live recording of Chopin’s 24 Etudes accompanied by 24 original cooking recipes on the Delos label—have earned tremendous respect and success among pianists, piano teachers, amateurs musicians and music lovers throughout the world. Her acclaimed seminar “The Art of Playing the Piano” is an original and integral piano playing/teaching method that will be soon available on DVD.
Evelyne Brancart was born in Belgium where she studied 10 years with the great Spanish master Eduardo del Pueyo and later with Maria Curcio, Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler. She graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and soon after was a prizewinner in many international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium (where she returned as a judge in 1999); as well as the Montreal International Music Competition (Canada), Viotti International Music Competition (Italy), Munich Competition with cellist Anthony Ross (Germany) and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (USA). She made her debut in Alice Tully Hall in 1982 with a much-noted performance of Chopin’s 24 Études and Brahms-Paganini Variations.
Evelyne Brancart is also very involved in Chamber Music, both as a collaborative musician and coach. She has appeared with artists such as Joshua Bell, Atar Arad, Jeremy Denk, Miriam Fried, Frederico Agostini, Gary Hoffman, Peter Stumpf, Anthony Ross, Arnold Steinhardt, and many others. She has performed with the Seraphim Trio, Pacifica Quartet, Orion String Quartet, and more.
In addition to teaching private piano lessons at the Frost School of Music, Evelyne Brancart will also teach collaborative piano and interact with all musicians in the Frost School of Music through master classes and workshops. She will also help shape a brand new type of master’s degree in performance, and participate in leading-edge initiatives at Frost such as Universal Music U @ Frost to explore new concert and recording paradigms for classical music artists.
Brancart’s appointment to the Frost School of Music’s Department of Keyboard Performance is the culmination of a two-year international faculty search, following the recent retirements of longtime faculty members Ivan Davis, Rosalina Sackstein, Frank Cooper, J. B. Floyd and Paul Posnak. Leading the search committee was Professor Santiago Rodriguez, a prize-winning pianist and master teacher who is currently chair of Frost’s Department of Keyboard Performance. Also on the keyboard faculty are acclaimed pianists Tian Ying and Naoko Takao.
Frost School of Music’s Dean Shelton G. Berg praised the faculty’s choice. “Evelyne Brancart comes to us after twenty-three years at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, having earned a reputation as one of the most respected and admired teachers in the world of music. Her stellar career as a performer, adjudicator, teacher and faculty member at prestigious international festivals will benefit our entire music school. I know her expansive world-view will also contribute greatly to the Frost School of Music’s rapid ascent to the very top of higher music education.”
Evelyne Brancart said, “I am really excited and happy to join the Frost School of Music and the University of Miami. At this point in my life, I am looking for new challenges in a fresher and dynamic environment…at a school where we can, as a team, honestly educate, inspire and mentor the new generation. With all the wonderful people in Miami I also hope to share, build and transform some of my old dreams into reality!”
Evelyne Brancart’s discography includes a recording of a live performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 467 (Deutsche Gramophon); Brahms-Paganini Variations and Liszt-Paganini Etudes (Koch Discover); Elliot Carter and Rachmaninoff Sonatas for cello and piano with cellist Anthony Ross (Boston Records); Sonatas with violist Atar Arad (Teldec); Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau” (Decca) and Chez Chopin: 24 Etudes 24 Recipes (Delos, on CD and CD ROM).
A respected musical leader and colleague at the highest levels of performing, teaching, recording and collaborating, Professor Evelyne Brancart brings breadth and depth to the Frost School of Music as it expands its influence and stature throughout the music world.
About the Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. With over 700 students and 100 faculty members it is a top choice for those pursuing careers in instrumental, keyboard and vocal performance as well as composition, music business, music education, music engineering technology, music therapy, songwriting, jazz, studio music, and more. It is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was a historic occasion.
The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.
The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.
Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides Frost students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s Ensemble Scholars program which provides free tuition, room and board to 19 academically strong and highly talented undergraduate music students; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.
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