Alabama School of the Arts presents Belgian Pianist Eliane Reyes in Concert Feb. 2 at University of Mobile

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Eli-Philou-VDEMOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile will present a concert and master class by internationally known Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes.

Reyes is the first Belgian pianist to receive the insignia of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Government. She is professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and at the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Moorer Auditorium in Thomas T. Martin Hall on the University of Mobile campus. She will perform works by Ravel, Liszt, Bacri, Godard, Debussy, and Chopin. Admission is $10 at the door, and is free to University of Mobile students with a student I.D.

The public is also invited to observe Reyes teach a master class beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Moorer Auditorium. Admission is free.

For information, contact The Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2383 or visit the University of Mobile website at umobile.edu.

Reyes’ performances are described in London’s Gramophone classical music magazine as “memorably refined, dexterous and committed,” and in Piano Magazine as working “magnificently with tones that flow from a limber touch that tells a story.”

A pianist prodigy, Reyes began performing at an early age. First trained by her mother, she proceeded to study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, followed by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden’s class. She then studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Hans Leygraf, the Lemmensinstituut with Alan Weiss and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris under the aegis of Michel Beroff, Brigitte Engerer and Jacques Rouvier.

She has won numerous international awards, including first prize in Ettlingen, Germany and first prize at the Cervantes International Piano Competition in Cuba. She was a finalist at the Montreal International Musical Competition, the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition in Dusseldorf where she was equally rewarded for chamber music, and at the Maria Canals International Music Competition.

She has given recitals and performed alongside Autistin Dumay, Ivry Gitlis, Misha Maisky and Jose van Dam.

Her discography consists of works by Nicolas Bacri, F. Chopin, C. Debussy, Benjamin Godard, F. Liszt, Michel Lysight, D. Milhaud, M. Ravel, A. Tansman. As a consequence, she obtained many awards such as “Pianiste Maestro”  by the French magazine Pianiste, “Ring” by Classic Info, “Joker” by Crescendo Magazine and a “Supersonic” award from Pizzicat and notably from ResMusica, where she was awarded “La Clef d’or” for her solo recording of the 24 Intermezzi by A. Tansman. Eliane Reyes was nominated three times for the International Classical Music Awards.

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