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Eve Egoyan


Simple Lines of Enquiry + Machine For Taking Time from David Rokeby on Vimeo.

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Surface Tension Montreal 2010 from David Rokeby on Vimeo.




Eve Egoyan is an artist whose medium is the piano. Her performances encompass extremely contrasting sensibilities: from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation.

Eve Egoyan has firmly established herself as an internationally recognized interpreter of contemporary piano concert music. She has won numerous awards and consistently receives acclaim for her performances and recordings. Renowned composers James Tenney (U.S./ Canada), Alvin Curran (U.S.), Ann Southam (Canada), Rudolf Komorous (Canada), Maria de Alvear (Germany), Michael Finnissy (Britain), Karen Tanaka (Japan), Martin Arnold (Canada), Linda Catlin Smith (Canada) and Jo Kondo (Japan) have written for her amongst amongst many others. She continues to commission works and is currently exploring writing for herself (Chalmers Arts Fellowship). Egoyan’s definitive style continues to take her to new levels of artistic achievement, creative collaboration and audience engagement. In 2016 she tours Earwitness, an umbrella name given to a group of works commissioned by Eve exploring sound and visual elements. Through this meeting of sound and image, audience members are able to deepen their experience of both art forms. This all Canadian programme of music written for Eve travels to the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal at Bourgie Hall in collaboration with McGill University (Montréal), Other Minds Festival of New Music (San Francisco), Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre (Los Angeles), University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Irvine, and Stanford University. Eve will also be performing Canadian composer Ann Southam’s Simple Lines of Enquiry (also written for Eve) in a Live Showcase at Classical:NEXT 2016 to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Eve has released eleven critically acclaimed solo discs, ten of works by living composers and one disc of works by Erik Satie. Her discs have been selected as "Top Classical Disc of the Year", The Globe and Mail (2011), and one of "Ten Top" classical discs, The New Yorker magazine (2009). Her first disc, “thethingsinbetween" (1999), was selected one of the top ten discs of any genre byThe Globe and Mail. These accolades are particularly remarkable for contemporary solo piano repertoire of mostly Canadian compositions.

In 2009, Eve was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). Other honours include numerous commissions and awards from the Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, FACTOR, a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumna Award, a K.M. Hunter Award, a Chalmers Award and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. As a student, Eve received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Scholarship) for study at the Hochschüle der Kunste in Berlin (1985 - 86) and a Commonwealth Scholarship for study at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1986 - 1989). She holds a M.Mus. in performance from the University of Toronto. This year Eve was selected as one of 25 top Canadian pianists of all time by the CBC.

March 2016


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