The Department of Music presents renowned Canadian pianist Eric Trudel in a solo recital featuring signature French repertoire. Trudel will open the concert with Pour le Piano, suite for solo piano by early 20th Century French impressionist master Claude Debussy, and continue with Debussy's Images, second series. The program will also feature two works by one of France's most celebrated mid-20th Century composers, Maurice Ravel -- Sonatine and Gaspard de la nuit.
A native of Quebec, Canada, Eric Trudel graduated from the Quebec Conservatory of Music with the highest honors. He won the prestigious Prix d’Europe competition, which enabled h im to study privately with pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Marc Durand and Louis Lortie. He has taught and performed extensively throughout Canada, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain and the United States. His New York City credits include recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the 92nd Street Y. While pursuing an active career as a pianist, he took conducting lessons from Raffi Armenian and Ronald Zollman.
Mr. Trudel has worked as a pianist, coach and/or conductor with many organizations, amongst which the Montreal International Piano Festival , the Banff Center Festival for the Arts, L'Opéra de Montréal, Connecticut Grand Opera, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the OK MOZART Festival and the Pro Arte Singers.
His faculty appointments include the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Montreal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique, the Université du Québec-Montréal and more recently Yale University's School of Music (2001-2005). He presently teaches under the auspices of the Bushnell Foundation.
His long association with the CBC includes numerous television and radio performances as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. On CD, he can be heard on the CBC and Star labels. In 2005, he was involved in the recording of the complete songs of Charles Ives based on a new critical edition by renowned scholar and conductor James Sinclair for the company Naxos.