|Steven Vanhauwaert, Belgium, 2010|
Tour Dates: 13 June - 18 June, 2010
“…he mastered it completely. He made the most difficult passages look effortless...”
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity and monster technique,” Steven Vanhauwaert studied piano in Brussels at the Royal Conservatory with Boyan Vodenitcharov.
In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, James Bonn and John Perry at the Thornton School of Music. Apart from classical piano, he also studied jazz and improvisation with Dennis Thurmond. Important landmarks of his artistic development were the nurturing interaction with Hilda Dombrecht, Earl Wild, Alexei Lubimov, Malcolm Bilson, Helmut Deutsch and Kum Sing Lee, Daniel Pollack and Mark Robson.
In October 2004 he won the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, which enabled him to tour through the US and Hungary. Steven frequently performs in festivals throughout Europe and the US, both solo as in chamber music groups. His performances have been broadcast on K-MZT, K-CSN, K-USC, WHKB, K-UAT and KLARA.
He has appeared in major venues with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the USC Symphony, Prima la Musica, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, the Auburn Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, the Concord Jazz Ensemble and more. Recently he joined the Felici Piano Trio.
“…he mastered it completely. He made the most difficult passages look effortless. Arpeggios and running notes on the piano were played with great clarity of tone. The pianist never overshadowed the string players, so that all three voices were heard clearly. In this performance there was superb ensemble work…demonstrated superb musicianship throughout, and each musician listened to the other, creating true chamber music at its best.”
“…Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, a superb performer, opened Copland's Sonata for Violin and Piano, a lovely statement to the purity of Copland's writing…”
“Vanhauwaert is a cool customer at the keyboard. First Presbyterian doesn't have quite as good or large a piano as he needed for music of such vibrant sonorities, but his impressive clarity and sense of structure -- to say nothing of a monster technique -- provided an often startling immediacy to all his sure fingers touched.”
“Steven Vanhauwaert was the pianist, a young man from Belgium who has carried off several local piano-competition prizes and played on Sunday afternoon as though he deserved them all.”
“…incredibly talented young artist Vanhauwaert performed several works by Liszt. His beautiful performance of the Transcendental Etude Nr. 12, Chasse-Neige provoked standing ovations, which lead to a very sensitive encore by Schumann. Hats off.”
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Mr. Ma Ran