Després has dazzled audiences for nearly four decades on four continents through his recordings, performances as a soloist with orchestras, solo recitals and collaborative work. An intelligent, refined, highly sensitive and disciplined artist, Després’ performances and recordings are praised by critics who cite his “crystal-clear pianism,” and his abilities “to bring humanity, integrity and an enormous expressive range to the pieces.” His “pianistic control is flawless, the sonority magnificent, and the playing is utterly and consistently clear.”
A leading lecture-performance artist on both period and modern instruments, Després has been invited to numerous schools in North America and Asia, including the Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University and the Central Conservatory of China (Beijing).
Després completed his doctorate in performance at the University of Stony Brook. He holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music, a Unanimous First Prize from the Quebec Conservatory, and the Artist Diploma with High Distinction from Indiana University.
Don’t miss Masterworks for Piano, an evening of exquisite piano repertoire! Experience the elegance of piano classics by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert as performed by Jacques Després.
MASTERWORKS FOR PIANO
March 4, 2018
*Pre-concert talk by David Gramit at 2 PM
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