Pianist Claire Chevallier (1969) is much in demand across Europe for solo recitals, chamber music and concertos. This French pianist, who has found a new home in Brussels, displays the persuasiveness of a born go-getter, the creativity of a professional artist and the charm of a genuine Française when she speaks about her work as a pianist, as a creative artist-musician and as a teacher. She likes to work long and hard, as evidenced by the string of projects to which she has dedicated herself in recent years and the plans that currently fill her diary.
Highly acclaimed for her concerts and award-winning recordings, Claire specializes in period performance particularly from the classical to the French masters of the 20th century. Claire also brings the unique sound world of her pianos to theatre productions and works closely with living composers, such as Flemish composer Kris Defoort, to develop new repertoire for the instrument.
Claire combined the study of the piano at the musical academies of Nancy, Strasbourg (Hélène Boschi) and Paris (Bruno Rigutto) with her traditional studies in mathematics and physics. She then continued her musical education at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Guy Van Waas, where she was awarded first prize in piano and chamber music. She became fascinated with the fortepiano during her studies via a masterclass given by Jos van Immerseel. She began to concentrate on the historical background and the evolution in the “construction” of the fortepiano, and for a number of years studied the specific characteristics and maintenance requirements (tuning, strings, etc.) of the instrument completely on her own. She thus developed extensive expertise in historical keyboards as fortepiano specialist and as pianist.
In 1996, Claire Chevallier was invited by the renowned dance company Rosas to work with the Anima Eterna Brugge orchestra in presenting the music for a dance and music performance around concert arias by Mozart. This production played in all the major European venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Dresden Staatsschauspiel.
Since then she has appeared regularly in Europe and Japan including Cité de la Musique in Paris, Académies musicales de Saintes, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vredenburg Utrecht, Netwerk Oude Muziek Utrecht, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Brühl Schloss Konzerte, Musikfestspiele Bremen and Tokyo Ueno College. In Belgium, she was invited by BOZAR and Kaaitheater in Brussels, Concertgebouw Bruges, MA Festival Bruges, the Festival of Flanders Ghent, AMUZ and deSingel in Antwerp, among others.
Her experience in and taste for interdisciplinary projects (dance, theatre, film) has led to various collaborations with fellow artists like Wayn Traub, Rudolph Mestdagh, Ann Teresa de Keersmaeker (Rosas), David Claerbout, Benoît Van Innis and Josse de Pauw. With the latter two artists she recreated a fresh version of the Poulenc’s Babar
together with Satie’s Fils des Etoiles
Claire Chevallier recorded the CD Liszt Fever.
In 2014, she will be part of the International Jury of the Liszt Competition for the first time.