Eliane Reyes

Eliane Reyes


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«Après deux premiers enregistrements mondiaux consacrés à l’œuvre de Benjamin Godard (1849-1895) et un CD intitulé « Jeux d’eaux », voici Eliane Reyes à la tête de l’intégrale des Valses de Chopin. Dix-neuf pièces de salon alternant les fulgurances et les gentils sourires, dont la moitié – regroupée en seconde partie – fut publiée à titre posthume. Tout en adoptant l’ordre numérique des opus, Eliane Reyes réussit non seulement à faire oublier l’enchaînement arbitraire des tonalités, mais à conférer à l’ensemble une subtile dramaturgie, allant de l’éclat à la nostalgie, glissant des valses les plus spectaculaires – dites « brillantes » – vers les plus intimistes, les plus dépouillées. Et ses moyens sont confondants, servant ici une version claire (peu de pédale), imaginative et coloré, à la rythmique irrésistible, quoique mouvante, et d’un naturel admirable.»
La libre belgique (2018)
«Time was when only the merest fraction of music was available on record. Today the situation could hardly be more different. Every nook and cranny is offered up for scrutiny, and so it is that Eliane Reyes, a young and wonderfully gifted pianist, gives us a world premiere recording of Alexandre Tansman’s 24 Intermezzos and Petite Suite and, as an accessible encore, the Valse-Impromptu. "...But Eliane Reyes takes a different view and her performances are memorably refined, dextrous and committed. She is excellently recorded and this is clearly a disc for explorers."»


As she receives invitations to perform at
all the major concert venues in the world, Eliane Reyes’s winsome musical
personality enthrals audiences with her subtle signature touch and inspiration,
as she continuously seeks to deepen and widen the spectrum of her expressive

She has performed piano concertos and
similar works under the direction of leading conductors such as Rudolph
Barshai, Roberto Benzi, Lionel Bringuier, Jan Cayaers, Sergiu Commissionna,
René Defossez, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jacques Lacombe, Martin Lebel, Mélanie
Levy-Thiébaut, Grant Llewellyn, Elena Schwarz, Gilbert Varga, Tibor Varga,
André Vandernoot and Rudolf Werthen, in major concert halls such as the
Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Megaron in Athens, the Baden-Baden
Festspielhaus, the Barcelona Auditori, The Birmingham Sage-Gateshead, the
Brussels Bozar, the Köln Philharmonie, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, the Hamburg
Laieszhalle, the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Stockholm Konserthuset and
the Vienna Musikverein. Fond of chamber music, a domain in which she excels,
she has appeared on stage with such major figures as violinist Lorenzo Gatto
(as part of the Rising Stars 2011 concert tour), Philippe Bernold, Lise
Berthaud, Frank Braley, Marc Coppey, Henri Demarquette, Jodie Devos, Augustin
Dumay, Ivry Gitlis, Philippe Graffin, Andrew Hardy, Florent Heau, Gary Hoffman,
Ivan Karizna, Pierre Lenert, Jean-Marc Luisada, Misha Maisky, Anne Queffelec,
Marc Sabbah, Raphael Sévère, José van Dam, the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields,
the Vuillaume trio and the Danel, Elysée, Voce and Parkanyi string quartets.

In 2017, together with the Koch trio,
Eliane Reyes toured the Far-East for a full month. She was thereupon invited in
Tokyo to perform at the Akasaka Palace before the Imperial Family.

Prize-winner of several major international
piano competitions, Eliane Reyes has pursued a successful career as soloist and
chamber musician, with both critical and audience acclaim. Her plentiful
discography includes works by Frederic Chopin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Claude
Debussy, Johannes Brahms, Darius Milhaud, Alexander Tansman, Benjamin Godard
and Nicolas Bacri, while prompting rave reviews from the critics as well as
major awards such as Pianiste maestro from the Pianiste magazine, the Ring
bestowed by the music channel Classic info, a Joker from the Brussels magazine
Crescendo, five “diapasons” from the leading French Diapason magazine and a
“supersonic” tag from the monthly magazine Pizzicato (Luxemburg). Her recording
of Alexander Tansman’s twenty-four intermezzi was awarded the Clef d’or by the
music review magazine Resmusica.

Eliane Reyes has been thrice nominated at
the International Classical Music Awards and she has been awarded the Belgian
award Octaves.

Partnering with Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, a
writer and a journalist of national stature in France, Eliane Reyes has brought
passion and charisma to an innovative formula, Valses poétiques, which is a
concert-and-poetry recital combining Frederic Chopin’s waltzes and love poems.
Similar combinations of talents had her join forces with leading French
philosopher Michel Onfray and eminent musicologist Jean-Yves Clément, resulting
in programmes which appeal to all audiences, including special events destined
to children.

A 45-minute documentary in the much
acclaimed “Jeunes solistes, grands destins” series was devoted to her musical
profile by Thierry Loreau et Pierre Barré for Belgian RTBF national channel.
She was also featured in le mystère de l’interprète, another major documentary
which was devoted to the legendary pianist, Clara Haskil, on the French-German
television channel ARTE. Eliane Reyes is musical adviser with the major Belgian
music festivals such as the Classissimo festival and the Musicales Guillaume

First trained by her mother in Verviers,
Eliane Reyes gave her first concert at the young age of five. That same year,
she was awarded the Cesar Franck prize, handed to her by the famous Austrian
pianist, Jörg Demus. She furthered trained at the Royal Conservatory of
Brussels and the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Jean-Claude Vanden
Eynden’s class, the Berlin Hochschule der Künste and the Salzburg Mozarteum
with Hans Leygraf, and the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven with Alan Weiss and
thereafter to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with
Michel Beroff, Brigitte Engerer and Jacques Rouvier.

encounter with Gyorgy Cziffra when she was 10 was a decisive, defining moment
for her musical vocation. She was the youngest pianist
to ever win the Cziffra Foundation Award. At the age of 14, she made the
acquaintance of Martha Argerich, who befriended her: she was later invited to
give a recital in the Lugano Festival Progetto Argerich in 2012. Vladimir
Ashkenazy secured invitations for her in Berlin and in Switzerland. Fine-tuning
her personality as a musician, she took part in masterclasses with Lazar
Berman, Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, Vitali Margulis, Murray Perahia, Menahem
Pressler and György Sebök.

Nowadays, she teaches at the Brussels Conservatoire
Royal de Musique and at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique

Made honorary citizen by the Belgian town
of Verviers (Belgium) in October 2016, she was the first Belgian pianist to be
bestowed, that same year, the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des
Lettres from the French government.
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