Mireille Gleizes

as a pianist

“One and the same thing can be at the same time good, bad, and indifferent. For instance, music is good for him that is melancholy, bad for him that mourns; for him that is deaf, it is neither good nor bad.” — Baruch Spinoza, Ethics, Preface, part IV

Creations

Having the chance to know many contemporary composers, I had the honour to create some of their works. Here is a non-exhaustive list of these creations. (In absence of precision, these are World creations.)

Namk’ cotss by Werner van Cleemput and Luc Brewaeys
1989 at Festival van Vlaanderen, Bornem ; 4-hands piano with Finneke Rottiers

Sonate for viola and piano by Boudewijn Buckinx
24th Januari 1992 in Espace Delvaux, Brussels ; with Mikhaïl Bezverkhni

Sonata IV for viola and piano by Piotr Lachert
26th April 1992 at Royale Belge for Radio 3 with Mikhaïl Bezverkhni

Anmut for viola and piano by Boudewijn Buckinx
19th July 1993 in Rode Pomp, Ghent ; with Mikhaïl Bezverkhni

To my Secret Inspiration by Dirk Brossé
27th May 1996 in Museum voor sierkunst, Ghent

Sonata X by Piotr Lachert
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes)
25th October 1996 in De Rode Pomp, Ghent

Sonata XIII by Piotr Lachert
25th October 1996 in De Rode Pomp, Ghent

Suite in Memoriam Shostakovitch by Mikhaïl Kugel
27th November 1998 in Town Hall of Schaerbeek with Mikhaïl Kugel

Classical Preludes by Mikhaïl Kugel
12nd June 1999 at River Run Center, Guelph, Ontario with Mikhaïl Kugel

Il Carnevale di Venezia by Mikhaïl Kugel
11th May 2000 at De Rode Pomp, Ghent with Mikhaïl Kugel

Sonata Ostinato by Mikhaïl Kugel
30th August 2000 at USP/ECA, Sao Paulo

Quatre Préludes by Georgs Pelecis
31 August 2000, 36º Festival Música Nova, Santos
(Brazilian creation)

Short Waltzes by Frédéric Devreese
31st August 2000, 36º Festival Música Nova, Santos
(Brazilian creation)

De ladders zat by Frank Nuyts
31st August 2000, 36º Festival Música Nova, Santos
(Brazilian creation)

Mobile by Frédéric Devreese
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes and Alain Van Kerckhoven)
25th January 2002 in De Rode Pomp, Ghent with Antonio Eduardo

Ripple Marks by Michel Lysight
25th January 2002 in De Rode Pomp, Ghent with Antonio Eduardo

Winter Music by Bohdan Sehin
2nd March 2005 in the Petit Théâtre Mercelis, Brussels
(Belgian creation)

Estudos Intervalares by Edino Krieger
2nd March 2005 in the Petit Théâtre Mercelis, Brussels with Antonio Eduardo
(Belgian creation)

 

Jeux de mains by Dominique Dupraz
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes and Antonio Eduardo)
2nd March 2005 in the Petit Théâtre Mercelis, Brussels with Antonio Eduardo

Nightsong by Beth Anderson
20th November 2005 at the Chapelle de Boondael, Brussels with Françoise Vanhecke

I am afraid, from Chicken Little, the Sky is Falling by Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz
20th November 2005 at the Chapelle de Boondael, Brussels with Françoise Vanhecke

Mireille’s Book:
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes)
Sogno by Frédéric Devreese ;
Portrait by Michel Lysight ;
Sonata 27 “Tragica” by Piotr Lachert ;
Simplesmente uma Valsa by Gilberto Mendes.
15th September 2008 at SESC Vila Mariana, São Paolo

Un Monde par delà les Mondes by Dominique Dupraz
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes)
15th September 2008 at SESC Vila Mariana, São Paolo

7 Koan by Michel Lysight
15th September 2008 at SESC Vila Mariana, São Paolo
(Brazilian creation)

Babie Lato by Piotr Lachert
30rd March 2009 on YouTube

24 Préludes by Dominique Dupraz
29th January 2011, Brussels

Let’s Dance by Dominique Dupraz
12th March 2011 at the Cité internationale des Arts, Paris

Les Vitraux de Jean Cocteau by Dominique Dupraz
15th June 2014 in Saint Maximin Church, Metz

Prélude 25 by Dominique Dupraz
30th mai 2012 on SoundCloud

Sonata 29 by Piotr Lachert
29th May 2018 on SoundCloud

Haru no Haiku by Michel Lysight
29 May 2018 on SoundCloud

Une porte ouverte vers les étoiles by Dominique Dupraz
(dedicated to Mireille Gleizes)
13th March 2019 on SoundCloud

Les 16 Cloches de Notre Dame de Paris by Dominique Dupraz
3rd April 2019 on SoundCloud

9 Easy Pieces by Michel Lysight
29th November 2019 on SoundCloud

My biography

Convinced that music is a communication that may apply to everyone in the simplicity of everyday language, Belgian pianist Mireille Gleizes (Temse, 1956) built a sensitive and exploratory repertoire in which new consonant music plays a central role. First Prize at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium), she continued her studies at the Conservatory of Minsk (USSR), graduating senior with the highest distinction after studying with Mikhail Faerman (First Prize Queen Elisabeth in 1975). In the same time she developed her virtuosity, meditation gave her this unique approach of silence so characteristic of her expressiveness.

This extraordinary combination of virtuosity and sensitivity opened the door to a vast repertoire ranging from Johannes Sebastian Bach to Alfred Schnittke, and including many contemporary composers attached to a direct communication with the audience: Frédéric Devreese, Dominique Dupraz, Piotr Lachert, Michel Lysight, Gilberto Mendes, Georgs Pelecis, Alexander Shchetinsky amongst many others. Many works were dedicated to her and she performed many world premieres, recitals and recordings in Europe, the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Mireille Gleizes worked at the School of Arts of the Hogeschool Gent (Belgium). She performs as a soloist and within chamber ensembles. She has played with the Russian violinist Mikhail Bezverkhny (First Prize Queen Elizabeth in 1976), with the Brazilian pianist Eduardo Antonio, with the Israeli violist Michael Kugel, with the German violinist Marc Lubotski and with the Belgian orchestra I Fiamminghi conducted by Rudolph Werthen.

Convaincue que la musique est une communication qui peut s’adresser à chacun dans la simplicité d’un langage usuel, la pianiste belge Mireille Gleizes (Temse, 1956) développe un répertoire de sensibilité et de découverte où la nouvelle musique consonante occupe un rôle central. Premier Prix du Conservatoire Royal de Gand (Belgique), elle poursuivit sa formation au Conservatoire de Minsk (URSS) et obtint son diplôme supérieur avec la plus haute distinction après avoir étudié avec Mikhaïl Faerman (Premier Prix Reine Elisabeth 1975). Parallèlement au développement de sa virtuosité, la méditation lui confèrera cette approche particulière du silence si caractéristique de son expressivité.

Cette extraordinaire combinaison de virtuosité et de sensibilité lui ouvrira les portes d’un vaste répertoire allant de Jean-Sébastien Bach à Alfred Schnittke, et intégrant de nombreux compositeurs contemporains attachés à une communication directe au public : Frédéric Devreese, Dominique Dupraz, Piotr Lachert, Michel Lysight, Gilberto Mendes, Georgs Pelecis, Alexander Shchetinsky et bien d’autres. De nombreuses pièces lui furent dédiées et elle en assura de nombreuses créations mondiales, exécutions et enregistrements en Europe, aux États-Unis, au Canada et en Amérique Latine.

Mireille Gleizes a travaillé à la School of Arts de Hogeschool Gent (Belgique). Elle se produit tant comme soliste qu’au sein de formations de chambre. Elle a notamment joué avec le violoniste russe Mikhaïl Bezverkhny (Premier Prix Reine Élisabeth 1976), avec le pianiste brésilien Antonio Eduardo, avec l’altiste israélien Michael Kugel, avec le violoniste allemand Marc Lubotski ou encore avec l’orchestre belge I Fiamminghi dirigé par Rudolph Werthen.

Overtuigd dat muziek een eenvoudig en universeel communicatiemiddel kan zijn, ontdekt de belgische pianiste Mireille Gleizes (Temse, 1956) het poëtisch en nog weinig gekend repertoire van de nieuwe consonante muziek. Eerste Prijs van het Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Gent (België), vervolgt zij haar opleiding aan het Staatsconservatorium te Minsk (USSR) en behaalt het Hoger Diploma met de grootste onderscheiding in de klas van Mikhaïl Faerman (Eerste Prijs Koningin Elisabeth 1975). Gelijktijdig met de ontwikkeling van haar virtuositeit zal meditatie haar helpen het belang van de stilte in de muziek te benadrukken.
Deze buitengewone combinatie van virtuositeit en sensibiliteit opent de deuren voor een rijk repertoire gaande van Johann Sebastian Bach tot Alfred Schnittke met inbegrip van talrijke hedendaagse componisten die een groot belang hechten aan de directe communicatie met het publiek : Frédéric Devreese, Dominique Dupraz, Piotr Lachert, Michel Lysight, Gilberto Mendes, Georgs Pelecis, Alexander Shchetinsky en vele anderen. Heel wat werken zijn aan haar opgedragen en ze heeft er velen van gecreëerd tijdens concerten en opnames in Europa, USA, Canada en Latijns Amerika.
Mireille Gleizes was verbonden aan de School of Arts te Gent (Belgique). Zij treed op zowel solo als in kamermuziekverband en concerteerde met o.a. de Russische violist Mikhaïl Bezverkhny (Eerste Prijs Koningin Elisabeth 1976), met de Braziliaanse pianist Antonio Eduardo Santos, met de Israëlische altviolist Michael Kugel, met de Duitse violist Marc Lubotski en het voormalig Belgisch kamerorkest I Fiamminghi onder leiding van Rudolph Werthen.

Some samples of my repertoire…

In addition to the world premieres that I have had the honour of performing, here are some of the pieces that I was pleased to play in concert.

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817 

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 Book I-II

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”

Boudewin Buckinx: Adagio – The famous one, of course // Vele groetjes

Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49, Polonaise Op. 53

Claude Debussy: Prélude (…Feux d’artifice), Pour le Piano (L.95), Suite bergamasque (L.75)

Frederic Devreese: Short Waltzes for piano

Dominique Dupraz: 24 Preludes // Incantations // Prélude n°25 // Lettres intimes // Sous un ciel étoilé

Alexander Gugel: Music for piano // To Elize

Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata F major Hob. XVI:23

Krzisztof Knittel: Quatre Préludes

Piotr Lachert: Sonate II // Sonata VII // Sonata XXIX

Michel Lysight: 7 Koans // Monochrone // Palimpsestes

Gilberto Mendes: Estudo Magno // Il neige… de nouveau // Pequeño Album para Crianças // Recado a Schumann // The Three Fathers // Três Contos de Cortazar // Um Estudo ? // Viva Villa !

Hentique ‘de Curitiba’ Morozowicz: Variaçoes ‘Frère Jacques’

Modest Moussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata A major K. 331 (with Alla Turca)

Frank Nuyts: De ladders zat

Georgs Pelecis: New Year’s Music // Quatrième Suite

Sergei Prokofiev: Sarcasms Op. 17, Visions fugitives, Op. 22

Franz Schubert: Impromptus Op. 90, Op. 142, Sonata in A major D664

Robert Schumann:  Etudes symphoniques Op. 13, Kinderszenen Op. 15

Bohdan Sehin: Winter Music

Alexander Shchetinsky: Kharkov Music

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas

Mikhaïl Bezverkhny: Suite Gambrinus

Johannes Brahms: Sonatas

Boudewijn Buckinx: some from the 1001 Sonatas

César Franck: Sonata in A major

Piotr Lachert: Cartes

Michel Lysight: Thrène // Trois Croquis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonatas

Bogdan Precz: Berceuse

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonatas I-II

Maurice Ravel: Sonate

Camille Saint-Saëns: Rondo-Capriccioso

Alfred Schnittke: Sonatas I-II // Suite dans le style ancien

Franz Schubert: Duo // Sonata Op. 162

Robert Schumann: Sonatas

Dmitri Shostakovitch: Sonata

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas

Bizet-Waxman (arr. M. Kugel): Carmen-Fantasy

Johannes Brahms: Sonatas

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata

Paul Hindemith: Sonata Op. 11 n°4

Michael Kugel: Suite in memoriam Shostakovich // Classical Preludes // Il Carnevale di Venezia

Piotr Lachert: Sonata IV

Michel Lysight: Thrène

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821

Robert Schumann: Adagio // Allegro in A-flat Major op. 70 // Fantasiestücke Op. 73 // Märchenbilder Op. 113

Dmitri Shostakovitch: Sonata

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