Long Biography

Eve Egoyan / pianist

“Eve Egoyan’s pianism has strengths in abundance, fully justifying (composer) Michael Finnissy’s testimony that ‘she illuminates the music she plays; an alchemy, authenticity and fearlessness’.” — International Piano Magazine

Eve Egoyan is an artist whose medium is the piano. Her performances encompass extremely contrasting sensibilities: from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation.

Eve Egoyan has firmly established herself as an internationally recognized interpreter of contemporary piano concert music. She has won numerous awards and consistently receives acclaim for her performances and recordings. Renowned composers James Tenney (U.S./Canada), Alvin Curran (U.S.), Ann Southam (Canada), Rudolf Komorous (Canada), Maria de Alvear (Germany), Michael Finnissy (Britain) and Jo Kondo (Japan) amongst others have written for her. She continues to commission works and is presently exploring writing for herself (Chalmers Arts Fellowship). Egoyan’s definitive style continues to take her to new levels of artistic achievement, creative collaboration and audience engagement. In 2016 she begins to tour Earwitness, an umbrella name given to a group of works commissioned by Eve exploring sound and visual elements. Through this meeting of sound and image, audience members are able to deepen their experience of both art forms.

Eve has released nine critically acclaimed discs, eight of works by living composers and one disc of works by Erik Satie. Her discs have been selected as “Top Classical Disc of the Year”, The Globe and Mail (2011), and one of “Ten Top” classical discs, The New Yorker magazine (2009). Her most recent disc, “5”, world première recordings by Ann Southam, received four out of four stars by the Toronto Star and was the featured disc of the week on New York’s classical radio station WQXR. Her first disc, “thethingsinbetween” (1999), was selected one of the top ten discs of any genre byThe Globe and Mail. These accolades are particularly remarkable for contemporary solo piano repertoire of mostly Canadian compositions.

Honours include numerous commissions and awards from the Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, FACTOR, a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumna Award, a K.M. Hunter Award, a Chalmers Award and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Eve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and one of fifty Canadian performers and conductors given the designation of “CMC Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre. Eve was recently selected as one of the 25 greatest Canadian classical pianists by the CBC.