The Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes is a radiant personality on today’s music scene. Aged thirty-three, she has an astonishingly rich career as a result of her early vocation, having given her first concert when she was just five years old. Eliane has performed in North America and in the Far East in addition to Europe where she has appeared in a broad range of music events including the Klavier Ruhr Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Festival van Vlaanderen and the Festival de Wallonie, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Nohant’s International Chopin Festival, the David Oistrackh Festival in Estonia, the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon.
She has also given concerts in prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts) in Brussels and the Cité de la musique in Paris, working with renowned conductors such as Rudolph Barshai, Heribert Beissel, Lionel Bringuier, Sergiu Commissionna, René Defossez, Grant LLewellyn, André Vandernoot, and Tibor and Gilbert Varga.
Eliane’s chamber music partners include Aldo Baerten, Henri Demarquette, Jean-Marc Fessard, Lorenzo Gatto, Elsa Grether, Florent Héau, Philippe Koch, Jérôme Laran, Frédéric Pélassy, Céline Scheen, Sébastien van Kuijk and Ronald van Spaendonck, as well as the Danel, Elysée et Parkanyi quartets. She has also performed with Marc Coppey, Misha Maisky, François-Joël Thiollier, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and José Van Dam.
Following her recital tour in Kiev, Saint-Petersbourg et Moscou, Eliane Reyes is partnering with the violonist Lorenzo Gatto throughout the 2010/2011 season as part of their “Rising Star” tour leading them to many European capitals. In addition, Eliane has recently performed in a Schuman and Brahms programme with the Parkanyi quartet at the Val-Dieu festival. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Auvers-sur-Oise Festival she has, in the presence of the composer, also created «Esquisse d’automne» by Nicolas Bacri, representing a homage to Henri Dutilleux. In 2010, Eliane Reyes was awarded the “Octave de la Musique” prize for her career from a jury composed of around one hundred Belgian press and media representatives as well as personalities from the music scene.
Eliane Reyes was born in Verviers, Belgium in 1977. She started playing the piano with her mother and, aged five, received the « César Franck » presented to her by the Austrian pianist Jörg Demus. She has conducted her studies with grand masters who encouraged her early on. Aged ten, she met Gyorgy Cziffra and became one of his foundation’s youngest laureates. Other decisive encounters were to follow: with Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michel Béroff, Brigitte Engerer, Hans Leygraf, Jacques Rouvier, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Alan Weiss.
Eliane also had the privilege to participate in the master classes of Paul Badura-Skoda, Abdel-Rahman El-Bacha, Murray Perahia et Gyorgy Sebök, Natalia Gutmann and Mstislav Rostropovitch. She attended courses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (3rd cycle), the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels, the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel, the Berlin University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste) and the Mozarteum de Salzburg, receiving each time highest acclaim for her talent.
Eliane has won a range of international competitions such as the 1st prize in Ettlingen, Germany as well as at the Cervantes competition in Cuba. She has also been a finalist at the International Musical Competitions of Montreal and Düsseldorf (Clara Schumann), and the Maria Canals for chamber music, to mention but a few examples. Since her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and, aged 11, with the Tibor Varga Festival, she has dedicated herself to her career as a soloist and chamber musician. Eliane has an enthusiastic public and is acclaimed by the press.
Laureate of the foundations Belge de la Vocation, Rheinold Bluthner and Sir Georg Solti, Eliane Reyes is currently also professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. Eliane’s discography consists of recordings of contemporary composers including Nicolas Bacri, Michel Lysight, Darius Milhaud, Jean-Marie Simonis and Alexandre Tansman for the labels Naxos, Dux, Kalidisc et Fuga Libera. These recordings – both recitals and chamber music – have received a number of awards : 4 stars from «Classica », 5 diapasons on two occasions from “Diapason Magazine” as well as the Recomendado award from the Spanish music magazine “CD Compact”.
"Over the past few years, nobody has impressed as much as this young pianist. She is already a real artist and deserves all support to establish herself publicly. " - Vladimir ASHKENAZY
"A moving, captivating and unforgettable Haydn concerto ! " - Tibor VARGA
"An outstanding musical talent. " - Martha ARGERICH