Eliane Rodrigues

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Eliane Rodrigues was quickly identified to be a musical child prodigy. Her talent was discovered early on and was fostered by Helena Gallo and then Arnaldo Estrella, the latter of whom himself was a student of Alfred Cortot and Yves Nat.

 

At the age of 3 she started composing before she could even read or write notes. By the time she was 7 her compositions had resulted in two piano methods. In addition to this she played her first recital at the age of 5 and made her first TV appearance a year later, in which she played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional. Just a year later she played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488), once again with the National Symphony Orchestra. From that moment on she won prizes at numerous regional and national competitions, going on to win the special prize and the Gina Bachauer prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the United States when she was just 18.

 

After this she moved to Belgium, continuing her studies with Jacques Detiège (a student of Leon Fleischer and Maria Curcio). She won first place at many national competitions and reached fifth place at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. This lifted her career to international acclaim. Next to performing on stage she is also a professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.

 

She has recorded over 25 albums of both live concerts and studio albums, amongst them Sergey Prokofiev’s five piano concertos and all eight of Beethoven’s piano concertos in St. Petersburg.

 

In recent years she has partnered with Navona Records and has already released several new albums.

 

photo: Ernest Smeets

 

“She exudes a bright, pure light. Her delicate appearance hides a mysterious power that only master concert pianists possess. When Rodrigues takes on an opus with her familiar liveliness, the listener forgets all the technical aspects. All the listener hears is a dragonfly that flits through eternally blue skies.” — Frans Verleyen, Knack Magazine

 

“I am speechless. Such intensity, so much refined dialectic skill with thesis-antithesis-synthesis, such a fine misting of benevolent notes, colours with an unknown depth... your unique subtlety in expressing an existential drama - for me, it is a dark, cloudy sky after a rainstorm, through which the sun is trying to break. I have the utmost respect for who you are, what you do, how you do it, and how absolutely beautiful and incredibly meticulous and precise it is.” — Bart Stouten, VRT about Beethoven Album: 8 Concerti

 

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photo: Jantien Brys

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