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Among the most exciting interpretations of the contemporary keyboard repertoire

Michel Debrocq

Le Soir

In this recording, Ginsburgh brings a different sort of physicality to the music, toughly tender as he is here.

Tom Perchard

The Wire

Ginsburgh's performance exhibits a sublime, unified beauty, like that found in the random latticework of a snowflake.

Michael Woodring

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BIOGRAPHY

Stephane Ginsburgh has been praised for his daring piano playing and appears regularly in recitals and chamber music worldwide. He has performed at numerous festivals such as Ars Musica, Quincena Musical, ZKM Imatronic, Agora, Bach Academie Brugge, Ultima Oslo, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Gaida (Vilnius), Warsaw Autumn and Klara Festival. His next season performances will take him to Musica Strasbourg, Moscow Forum Festival and Festival Musique Action.

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 is passionate with immersive performances and has recently played Prokofiev's complete piano sonatas in one evening.

Stephane Ginsburgh recorded Feldman, Duchamp, Satie, Fafchamps for Sub Rosa. He recorded the world premiere of two pieces by David Toub for World Edition. His Prokofiev complete piano sonatas are released on Cypres Records. In 2018, Grand Piano/NAXOS published his recording of the world premiere of the "Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard", a series of 24 Preludes and Fugues by the composer and writer Anthony Burgess. His most recent release is "Piano Hero" and is included in an album dedicated to the music of Stefan Prins on Kairos.

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 competition 1995 and has received the Pelemans Prize in 1999 from the Belgian composers union for his dedication in performing Belgian contemporary music. In 1998, Stephane Ginsburgh co-founded SONAR (previously le Bureau des Arts), a group of artists dedicated to different types of artistic expression and creation including music, dance and literature, which he directed until 2018.

 

He taught piano and chamber music at the Royal Conservatories in Brussels, Mons and Liège. He is a professor at the Dalcroze Institute in Brussels.​ Stephane Ginsburgh holds a BA in philosophy of science from the Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.) and a DMA (PhD in the Arts) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel en Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.

Festivals

Agora (Paris), Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel-Aviv), Milano Musica, Festival Next Wave (New York), Festival de Marseille, Moscow Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, Quincena Musical (San Sebastián), Imatronic/Piano+ ZKM (Karlsruhe), Biennale du divers (Paris), Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse, Ultima Oslo, Gaida Festival (Vilnius), Alterminimalismes (Paris), Autres mesures (Rennes), Festival Variations (Nantes), Music Current (Dublin), Warsaw Autumn, Festival d'Automne (Paris), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Moscow Forum Festival, Festival Musique Action (Nancy)

Ars Musica (Brussels), Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival Transit (Leuven), Festival Courtisane (Gent), Artefact Festival (Leuven), Festival Bellone-Brigittines (Brussels), Festival Musiq3 (Brussels), Festival Midis-Minimes (Brussels), Festival Loop (Brussels), Biennale Charleroi-Danse, Ear to the ground (Gent), Gentsche Feesten, Nuits du Beau Tas (Brussels), Les Nuits Botanique (Brussels), Les Inattendues (Tournai), Music Chapel Festival (Brussels), Bach Academie Brugge, Eastern Daze Kraak (Gent), Brussels Piano Festival, Piano Days (Brussels), La semaine du son (Brussels), Klara Festival (Brussels), Festival musical de Lasne, Bos Festival (Kortrijk)

Main concert halls

 

Bozar (Brussels), Flagey (Brussels), Opéra Royal de la Monnaie, Le Botanique (Brussels), De Singel (Antwerp), Handelsbeurs (Gent), Vooruit (Gent), De Bijloke (Gent), Concertgebouw (Brugge), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Amsterdam Opera,  Kanal (Brussels), Miry Zaal (Gent), Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Volksbühne (Berlin), Le Soufflerie (Rezé), Opéra Garnier (Paris), Teatro dal Verme (Milano), Opéra de Rennes, Théâtre de la Villette (Paris), National Philharmony (Warsaw), Stanislawsky Theater (Moscow), Le Poisson Rouge (New York), Cafe OTO (London), Opéra de Lille, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Charleroi), Sadler’s Wells (London), La Monnaie (Bruxelles), Conservatoire de Montréal, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Le Lieu Unique (Nancy),  IRCAM (Paris), Kurzaal (San Sebastian), Rachmaninov Hall at the Moscow Conservatory

Composers

Newton Armstrong, Vykintas Baltakas, Guy Barash, Philippe Boesmans, Denis Bosse, Melaine Dalibert, Renaud De Putter, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Fabian Fiorini, Alec Hall, David Helbich, Panayiotis Kokoras, Pierre Kolp, György Kurtág, Philipp Maintz, Benoît Mernier, Denis Pousseur, Stefan Prins, André Ristic, Frederic Rzewski, François Sarhan, Sabrina Schroeder, David Shea, Matthew Shlomowitz, James Tenney, Juan Carlos Tolosa, Michael Vincent Waller

Choreographers and visual artists

Johanne Saunier (Joji Inc.), Anne Tersa De Keersmaeker (Rosas), Claudio Bernardo (As Palavras), Barbara Mavro (Roberta DC), Peter Dowsnbrough and Kurt Ralske

Prizes

1er Prix at Concours Tenuto BRTN 1995
Fondation Schlumberger, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, France
Ronit Amir Lowenthal Scholarship, Music Academy of the West Summer Festival, Santa Barbara, USA
Fondation SPES, 1999, Bruxelles
Prix Pelemans 1999 for interpretation of Belgian contemporary music