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José Feghali

José FeghaliWinner of the Gold Medal at the Seventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, José Feghali has been a major presence on the concert stage, having appeared in over 800 performances worldwide. These include concerts with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic and, in the United States, with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Baltimore and the National Symphony. Mr. Feghali has performed with such eminent conductors as Kurt Masur, Neeme Järvi, John Nelson, James DePriest, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Sanderling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Christoph Eschenbach, Eduardo Mata, Sergiu Comissiona, Philippe Entremont, Andrew Litton, Zdenek Macal, Hans Graf, David Zinman and Hans Vonk.

Equally active as a recitalist, Mr. Feghali has appeared on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Ambassador Auditorium and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has also performed in the major concert halls of the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Latin America. In addition, Mr. Feghali regularly collaborates in chamber music performances, including recitals with renowned flutist James Galway, cellists Truls Mørk, Antonio Meneses and Daniel Gaisford, and violinists Régis Pasquier and Olivier Charlier.

Mr. Feghali's recent and upcoming appearances include a return engagement with the Dallas Symphony under Andrew Litton for the opening concert of their Centennial season, a gala concert of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, a recital at the Kravis Center, performances with the New Jersey, Monterey, Houston, Fort Worth, Jacksonville and Brazilian symphonies, Rochester, Naples, Calgary and London philharmonics and the Royal Philharmonic at London's Royal Festival Hall. He appeared in 5 performances at the 2003 Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, as well as giving several recitals in the U.S. and abroad, including his first appearances in mainland China. He was also on the faculty at the 2003 Shanghai Piano Summer Sessions.

In 1999, Feghali appeared in the inaugural concert series of the new São Paulo Hall, both in recital and performances with the State Orchestra of São Paulo. He performed with Jon Vickers at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Ravinia Festival 2000, as well as presenting a solo recital and appearing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. Feghali performed again with Vickers for the Cliburn Concerts Series last season and appeared with the Berlin Radio Symphony under the baton of Mare Janowski. He also performed with several of his musical colleagues in a Cliburn Series concert entitled “Feghali & Friends” at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. His guests included pianist André Watts, cellist Nina Kotova, violinist Olivier Charlier and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli.

Mr. Feghali’s recordings include a CD of music inspired by dance on the Koss Classics label. Next season, Mr. Feghali will be releasing new recordings, including an all Schumann program and an all-Brahms CD with cellist Daniel Gaisford on the Anacapa Music Label. He will also be recording Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras no.3 with the Nashville Symphony for the Naxos label.

A child prodigy in his native Brazil, Mr. Feghali made his recital debut at the age of five and concerto debut three years later with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Feghali moved to London at fifteen to study with Maria Curcio Diamand, then continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton.

Mr. Feghali is Artist-in-Residence at Texas Christian University and Associate Director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. He has a special interest in recording technology and was the producer and re-mastering engineer for the retrospective set of nine compact disks (V.A.I. label) featuring past medalists’ live performances in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Feghali also serves as Vice President and Executive Producer for the new Anacapa Music label.

Recently, Mr. Feghali was appointed Artistic Advisor of the Texas Chamber Orchestra for the 2003/2004 season, and will be performing with them as both pianist and conductor this season.

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