Mireille Gleizes

as a pianist

Biography

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Mireille Gleizes was born in Temse, in Belgium. At the age of 12 she realized the importance of music in her life and began to study the piano intensively. She obtained a First Prize at the Royal Conservatory of Gent (Belgium) and continued her studies at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Mons, and finally at the State Conservatory of Minsk (U.S.S.R.). She obtained her Master’s degree summa cum laude. Three teachers in particular helped her to develop her natural virtuosity : Valery Afanassiev and Michael Faerman, both First Prize winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition), and composer, pianist and pedagogue Piotr Lachert.

As a complement to her training as a virtuoso, she practices zen-meditation, which enables her to let the force of silence determine her playing. This extraordinary combination of virtuosity and silence-born expression allows her to master a very varied repertoire, ranging from Bach to Schnittke. This may explain why contemporary music, especially post-modern New Consonant Music, occupies such an important place in her career.

Mireille Gleizes performs as a soloist but also as a chamber music musician. She plays among others with the Russian violinist Mikhaïl Bezverkhny – First Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition -, with Belgian cellist France Springuel, the Israelian altist Michael Kugel, the German violinist Marc Lubotski and the Flemish orchestra I Fiamminghi conducted by Rudolf Werthen. She plays numerous concerts in Europe, in ex-USSR, in Bosnia, in Canada, in Brazil and in Mexico, and participated in several radio and CD recordings and recorded one solo CD devoted to famous New Consonant Music composers.