Past Event

Speaking Pianist

April 9, 2019
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Global Center | Paris, Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris

Innovative pianist Stephane Ginsburgh, whose performances have been praised for their "sublime, unified beauty," will perform an exciting program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Alec Hall, Michael Pisaro, Ann Cleare, and Nina C. Young in which the piano is complemented by varied uses of electronics and the speaking voice.


Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1972) for speaker and indeterminate instrumental ensemble, presented here for speaking pianist

Alec HallA Dog is a Machine for Loving (2016-2018), WP for speaking pianist and electronics

Michael Pisaro: fields have ears (2008) for piano and four-channel playback (field recordings + noise and sine tones)

Ann CleareI am not a clockmaker either (2009) for piano and electronics 

Nina C. YoungMetal Works - Part 1  for piano and electronics (2013) 

I. Steel
(Interlude No.1)
II. Quicksilver
(Interlude No.2)

Sound engineering by Alec Hall. 

Artist Biography:

Stephane Ginsburgh has been praised for his daring piano playing. He 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 has 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. Stephane Ginsburgh 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.

Cosponsors: Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music; Columbia Global Centers | Paris; Department of Music, Columbia University; Columbia University Club of France; Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris; and Qubit.

Media: Ginsburgh performs Rzweski, Dear Diary and Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues