Bourgie Hall presents

Alain Lefèvre, piano

A brilliant master of contrasts, the accomplished pianist offers a recital entirely devoted to the French repertoire, highlighting the reserved grandeur of Franck’s Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18; Debussy’s evanescent Rêverie; Ravel’s masterly La Valse and works by Pierre-Max Dubois, including the Piano Sonata dedicated to a young composition student at the time… Alain Lefèvre.

Hailed as a smashing and arresting virtuoso, a pianist who breaks the mold and who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene, Alain Lefèvre pursues a sparkling career, having performed in over forty countries to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Théatre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Palais Princier de Monaco, Teatro Colon, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Megaron, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and participated to numerous international festivals including SPAC, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Athens, Epidaurus, Istanbul , Cervantino, Mozart Plus, Orford Musique, Domaine Forget, Lanaudière and Expo 2010 Shanghaï, to name but a few.

Saluted for his phenomenal technique, his sparkling playing resulting in fascinating interpretations and his sovereign mastery, his dazzling performances were many times described as unequaled and unparalleled. Yet, his humbleness remains disarming, considering himself to be only a “mason of the piano”, “solely at the service of the great composers and their music”. Author, music journalist and radio host Olivier Bellamy, shared with his listeners on his program broadcasted on Radio-Classique (France), a letter that he addressed to his guest Alain Lefèvre on his latest CD release, « My Paris Years » : “ Wilhelm Furtwängler said: “ The great art is always modest”. This is what I thought when listening to your recording (…).”

Mr. Lefèvre is Officer to the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec, Chevalier of the Pléiade Order, and also won the prestigious AIB Award held in London, for – International personality of the year – Radio, hosting programs on classical music, broadcasted on ICI Musique, Radio-Canada.

FRANCK Prelude, Fugue and Variation in B minor, Op. 18 for organ (transcr. Harold Bauer)
RAVEL La Valse
Pierre-Max DUBOIS
Piano Sonata
Dix études de concert (excerpts)
Deux Arabesques
Clair de lune
Pour le piano (excerpts)
Tarentelle styrienne

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:30pm
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