Tuesday 12 September • 08:00pm

Jacobins Cloister

DEBUSSY

  • The Complete Preludes (Book 1 and Book 2)

Juliana STEINBACH

Praised by the critics for her fiery temperament, exceptional charisma and great command of her instrument in the romantic and modern repertoires, as well as for the elegance, subtlety and intelligence of her classical interpretations, Brazilian-born pianist Juliana Steinbach is one of the most gifted artists of the young generation. In the past few years, Juliana Steinbach has performed extensively throughout Europe, Americas and Asia; she has appeared as a soloist with Israel-Rishon Le Zion Symphony Orchestra, Paraíba Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Budapest Mav Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig, Fribourg Youth Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre Symphonique de Toulon, Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris, collaborating with conductors such as Mendi Rodan, João Linhares, Jan Cober, László Kovács, Théophanis Kapsopoulos, Michael Cousteau, Benjamin Pionnier, Alexandre Myrat and François-Xavier Roth. Her performances have taken her from Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, Auditorium du Louvre, Cité de la Musique, Opéra Bastille, Opéra Garnier, Théâtre Mogador, Théâtre Marigny) to several major European venues (Brussels La Monnaie and Bozar, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg Laiezshalle, München Gasteig, Budapest Liszt Academy, Prague Rudolfinum, Firenze Teatro della Pergola and Teatro Comunale, Lisbon Teatro São Luis, to name but a few), as well as many distinguished festivals (such as Périgord Noir in France, Salzburg in Austria, Bologna Festival and Lago Maggiore in Italy, Santander in Spain, Farsund in Norway). She has performed at the Tel-Aviv Museum in Israel, Lincoln Center in New York, Calgary’s Rozsa Center in Canada, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2005 she made her first four-week long tour in Asia, with performances in major venues of Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, Hong-Kong, Yokohama and Tokyo, alongside with a series of master classes given at different universities. Her performances have been broadcasted on various international radio and television channels. Laureate of Cziffra (1996), Natexis (2001), Umberto Micheli (2001) and Meyer (2002, 2003) foundations, Juliana Steinbach has been awarded top prizes in several international piano competitions, such as the Artlivre International Piano Competition in São Paulo (Brazil, 2001), the Tel-Hai Performance Prizes (Israel, 2000 and 2001) and the International Young Pianists Competition in Meknès (Morocco, 1996). In France, she has been awarded the FLAME Prize of the UNESCO, the Zonta International Music Grant and the Great Prize of the Forum Musical de Normandie. An avid chamber music player, she collaborates with highly gifted musicians of her generation. She was awarded in 2002 the First Prize at the ‘Premio Vittorio Gui’ International Chamber Music Competition in Firenze (Italy) and in 2005 the Beethoven Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition ‘Trio di Trieste’ (Italy) in duo with French cellist Guillaume Martigné. She is also regularly involved in contemporary music projects; she had a chance to collaborate with composers Jean-Louis Agobet, Yves Chauris, Marcel Cominotto, Guillaume Connesson, Thierry Escaich, Balázs Horváth, Fabio Nieder, Matan Porat, François Sarhan and Mikel Urquiza.

Her first solo album, “Tableaux”, released by Paraty in 2010, featured works by Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) and Debussy (Estampes, Isle Joyeuse). She continued exploring this repertoire in her second solo recording, “Hommage à Debussy” (Pour le Piano, Suite Bergamasque, Images I & II and several shorter works), released by Genuin in March 2012. This album was awarded the “Maestro” recognition from “Pianiste” magazine in May 2012. Juliana Steinbach’s discography also includes five chamber music recordings (works by Brahms, Franck, Messiaen, Ravel, Schumann and Shostakovich) produced between 2001 and 2009 in France and Germany. In 2014 was released a recording of all piano trios by Johannes Brahms, her first discographic contribution to the Talweg Trio. Her upcoming CD projects for 2015 include a live recital recording (Liszt, Debussy, Mussorgsky) and a Brazilian solo album.

In 2005, Juliana Steinbach founded the ‘Musique en Brionnais’ piano and chamber music festival in France, which brings every summer an international audience to the exquisite Romanesque churches of Southern Burgundy. A full week of performances and workshops, the festival allows the young pianist to build original programs and to present new projects, in recital and with some of her finest music partners. In 2014, Juliana Steinbach created and directed the ’Transylvania Chamber Music Festival’, to be held every early summer in central Romania.

Juliana Steinbach began her piano studies in France, having left Brazil when she was nearly three years old. Following her first piano lessons with Paule Delorme and in the classes of Nicole Poncet, André Chometon and Roger Germser at Lyon Conservatory (CNR), she became a student of Greek-American pianist Christine Paraschos in Paris. After earning her Baccalaureate, she studied with Bruno Rigutto and Pierre-Laurent Aimard at Paris Conservatory (CNSM), where she graduated with First Prize in piano (2000) and chamber music (2003). In 2002 she was admitted by unanimity into the post-graduate program (Troisième Cycle) as a student of Jacques Rouvier. At this occasion, the Alfred Reinhold Foundation awarded her a Blüthner grand piano. Following her studies in France, she worked under the guidance of Franco Scala at the Accademia Internazionale del Pianoforte of Imola (Italy), Maria João Pires at her home in Belgais (Portugal), and Pnina Salzman in Tel-Aviv (Israel), besides attending master classes with musicians such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Alicia De Larrocha, Christoph Eschenbach, Péter Frankl and Emanuel Krasovsky. In May 2007 she graduated from The Juilliard School in New York, where she had been a student of Joseph Kalichstein, also receiving regular chamber music coaching from members of the Juilliard String Quartet. She currently resides in Paris.