David Korevaar (http://www.davidkorevaar.com/)
"Wonderfully warm, pliant, spontaneous playing" - Washington Post
"David Korevaar has the power to beguile the listener with charm and grace" - International Piano Quarterly
David Korevaar's mastery of the piano is joined with a large and varied repertoire, and enhanced by his work with living composers and his own experience writing music. He successfully balances an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is Assistant Professor of Piano.
Mr. Korevaar has been heard at major venues in New York, including Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. He has performed across the United States, from Boston, New York, and Washington DC, to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, and San Diego, and he plays frequently in his home state of Colorado with orchestras, in chamber ensembles, and in solo recitals. International performances have included appearances in Australia, Japan, Korea, and Europe. Korevaar has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. This season includes performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic (Barber Concerto), the Boulder Philharmonic (Dvorák Concerto), and the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin (Lowell Liebermann's Concerto No.1).
Currently a member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet and the Dallas-based Clavier Trio, Korevaar has performed as guest artist with the Takaçs, Manhattan, and Colorado quartets, among other groups. He was a founding member of the Young Concert Artists Award-winning piano and wind ensemble Hexagon, with which he toured for many years.
David Korevaar's broad musical interests are reflected in his recordings, ranging from the two books of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Musicians Showcase) to the brand new piano music of Lowell Liebermann (Koch Classics). He has recorded the romantic virtuoso compositions of Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi (Ivory Classics), and transcriptions (his own and Liszt's) of orchestral music by Franz Liszt, including the rarely heard 2nd Mephisto Waltz (Helicon). Other recent releases include the first CD by the Prometheus Quartet featuring music by 19th-Century Frenchmen Saint-Saëns and d'Indy (Centaur); an album of Lowell Liebermann's chamber music with flutist Alexa Still (Koch Classics); the complete sonatas for brass instruments by Paul Hindemith (Kleos); and the Brahms Violin Sonatas with violinist Anastasia Khitruk (Titanic).
Other ongoing projects include lecture-recitals on a wide variety of subjects. The 2003-04 season includes a series of lecture-recitals at the San Diego Museum of Art, presented in conjunction with four different exhibits at the museum. One of these, on the Degas Bronzes, will be repeated in Boulder in April. Past presentations have included lectures on Viennese appropriations of alla turca style in the late 18th century, a program devoted to Ravel's Miroirs, and a series of presentations on the Romantic Piano Cycle.
David Korevaar's interest in new music is reflected in his programming. This season has seen several performances of a new work, Lunar Rhapsody by Mike Barnett, a young composer currently completing his doctorate at the University of Colorado. In addition to his continuing association with the music of Lowell Liebermann, Korevaar has performed and recorded music by composers including George Rochberg, Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Eyerly and Libby Larson. He gave the New York premiere of three of Harrison Birtwistle's Harrison's Clocks as part of the Juilliard School's Piano Century series in 2000. For an idea of what he looks for in new music, read Korevaar's essay in the October 2003 New Music Box.
Korevaar was recently honored, along with co-author and webmaster Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University, for a web-based exploration of the Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier, featuring analytical essays and animations by Professor Smith, performance-related essays by Korevaar, and Korevaar's performances of the music. The site received top honors both in music and overall, including the Editor's Choice Award from MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching).
Other honors include top prizes from the University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition (1988) and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation (1985), as well as a special prize for his performance of French music from the Robert Casadesus Competition (1989). In May 2000, he received the Richard French award from the Juilliard School, honoring his doctoral document on Ravel's Miroirs.
David Korevaar began his piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl Wild. By age 20 he had earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon. Another important mentor and teacher was the French pianist Paul Doguereau, who had been a student of Egon Petri, and who had studied the music of Fauré and Debussy with Roger-Ducasse (a pupil of Fauré's), and the music of Ravel with the composer.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Colorado in 2000, Korevaar taught for many years at the Westport School of Music in Connecticut, where he was Artist-Teacher. He now lives in Boulder, CO with his family. Mr. Korevaar is a Kawai artist.
"Stylistic command of a wide variety of music and genuine flair... articulate... lucid... strikingly spontaneous... technically solid, sonically impressive and thoroughly commanding" - Boston Globe
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