Acclaimed French Pianist to Perform at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 12, 2009) — The John Brown University Music Department will host pianist and composer Yves Henry as part of its Lyceum Concert series. Henry will perform a free, public concert on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in Jones Recital Hall on the JBU campus. An acclaimed French musician, Henry will perform Chopin and works from French composers Debussy, Dukas and Ravel.

Henry began his musical career at the age of four and gave his first concert with the Salle Pleyel orchestra in Paris at age 11. He later performed Beethoven’s 1st Concerto at the Berlin Philharmonic on his 13th birthday. He studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and was encouraged to take theory classes at a young age because of his unusual musical talents.

He has made several solo and chamber music recordings including the world’s first recordings of César Franck’s Complete Trios and Edouard Lalo’s Trios. He also participated in recording Chopin’s complete works in 1999 as part of the 150th commemoration of Chopin’s death. This year he published a book, “Chopin’s Work in Nohant, 1839-1846,” with four CDs included. Today most of his recitals are devoted to romantic music, Chopin in particular.

Henry has excelled in international competitions, and he has performed recitals and with orchestras around the world. Currently, he teaches in Paris and is frequently a jury member for international music competitions.

Other upcoming Lyceum performances include baritone Shawn Roy and pianist Chan Kiat Lim on Feb. 7 and harpsichordists John Paul and Shawn Leopard on March 4.