Praised for his “delicate keyboard touch and rich expressivity” (San Francisco Chronicle) and playing that is “deeply moving, probing, entirely felt as in the moment” (Eduard Laurel), Jeffrey LaDeur performs worldwide from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the San Francisco Jazz Center and from the Shanghai Conservatory to the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. LaDeur will perform the second concert of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts, with a dynamic program featuring works by Frederic Chopin, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Johannes Brahms.
LaDeur is pianist and founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio, founder and artistic director of New Piano Collective and the San Francisco International Piano Festival. In 2015, he began a survey of Debussy’s complete solo piano music in the context of his influences and inspirations, culminating in an acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Debussy’s death. His debut album, featuring works by Debussy and Rameau, was released on MSR Classics and has been hailed as “a masterpiece of understatement, simplicity, and ‘old school’ chord-playing where every note sings out with meaning” (Gramophone).
As soloist with orchestra, LaDeur maintains a repertoire of over forty concerti. Conductors with whom LaDeur has collaborated include George Cleve, Michael Morgan, Barbara Day Turner, Lawrence Golan, and Ming Luke. Recent and upcoming engagements feature LaDeur as soloist with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Benjamin Simon in works by Beethoven and Mozart, the Cambrian symphony in Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Scott Krijnen, and as artist in residence with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.
A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur concertizes internationally with the Delphi Trio. The Trio received the dedication of William Bolcom’s first Piano Trio, the world premiere recording of which was released on Triptych (MSR Classics) along with trios by Beethoven and Brahms. He has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Anne Akiko Meyers, Toby Appel, David Requiro, and the Alexander, Telegraph, and Afiara Quartets.
LaDeur holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance and chamber music, respectively. He counts among his teachers Mark Edwards, Douglas Humpherys, Yoshikazu Nagai and Robert McDonald. LaDeur received his formative musical training from pianist Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for students and faculty/staff and kids under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at go.cofc.edu/ips, at the door, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling (843) 953-6315.
LaDeur will also offer a master class, free and open to the public on Wednesday, November 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Cato Center for the Arts, room 237. Students from the Music Department at the College of Charleston will perform.
For the rest of the International Piano Series season, Artistic Director Dr. Paul Sánchez has assembled a stellar roster of performers: Orion Weiss on March 12, 2019 and AyşeDeniz Gökçin on April 2, 2019. For more information about the 2018-19 season, visit: go.cofc.edu/ips.