BIOGRAPHY

Evelyne Crochet has performed in major cities on four continents.

Among the many venerable concert venues where she has performed as soloist with orchestra and in recital and chamber music concerts are New York’s Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

She was invited to step in on short notice for Jacques Février to perform with Francis Poulenc in the Boston premiere of his Concerto for Two Pianos with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Munch. This pivotal event launched a long and fruitful association with the BSO, with which she has performed in Boston, on tour, and at the Berkshire Festival in Tanglewood. This in turn led to innumerable solo recitals and appearances with major orchestras around the world. These include the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the orchestras of the Bavarian Radio (BRO), Hamburg’s NDR, Bern and Bergen, The Hague Residency, Paris Orchestre National and Orchestre Philharmonique, Brazilian Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, among many others.

She has been an active participant in music festivals, particularly in the U.S. For over a decade, she participated in the Mount Desert Island Festival in Maine with the Composers’ Quartet. Other notable appearances include festivals at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Newport, New England Bach and Puerto Rico. With a vast repertoire spanning three centuries, Evelyne Crochet introduced and premiered in many venues contemporary works by Berg, Carter, Crumb, Dutilleux, Ginastera, Holliger, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Takemitsu, Wyttenbach, among others. Of particular note were performances of the rarely heard Sonata for Cello and Piano of Ginastera by Crochet and the composer’s wife Aurora, to whom the work is dedicated and who owns the rights to the work. She has performed in concert all the piano works of Debussy and the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach as well as the Goldberg Variations. Among more recent highlights were three acclaimed, consecutive recital programs in Tokyo – featuring Debussy’s Twelve Etudes and the two books of Images, along works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Fauré and Takemitsu.

A close friendship between Evelyne Crochet and Philippe Petit – the famous high wire artist – has resulted in unique, memorable duo performances in various large galas and benefit events.

The discovery of 18 unpublished piano works of Satie led the Philips label to engage Crochet for their world premiere recording. Subsequent Philips recordings included albums of Bach transcriptions and solo piano works by Schubert. She also recorded Schubert’s four-hand pieces with Alfred Brendel.
Her undertaking to record all the complete solo piano works of Fauré was hailed by The New York Times as “a labor of love”. Her rendition of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, released in 2006 by Music & Art, was singled out by the Boston Globe to be “the most completely satisfying” among contemporaneous recordings of the work. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, recorded in 2012 in New York, became her most recent recording project.

Evelyne Crochet has held artist-in-residence and faculty positions at Brandeis University, Rutgers University, Boston University, Georgia State University and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Early on, she also served as Rudolf Serkin’s assistant at the Curtis Institute.

Educated in her native France, Evelyne Crochet received rigorous theoretical and instrumental training at the Paris conservatory as student of Yvonne Lefébure and Nadia Boulanger, and later as student of Edwin Fischer in Switzerland. It was in Bern that Rudolf Serkin heard her play and invited her to study with him in America. This unique sponsorship changed the course of her life and resulted in her emigration to the Unites States.

She now resides in New York City.