Stéphane Ginsburgh

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Stéphane Ginsburgh
Ginsburgh in 2004
Ginsburgh in 2004
Background information
Born (1969-11-27) 27 November 1969 (age 52)
Brussels, Belgium
  • Musician
  • composer
  • educator
  • Piano
  • keyboards
  • percussion
Years active1990s–present

Stéphane Ginsburgh[1] (born 27 November 1969) is a Belgian pianist of Austrian origin.[2]


Ginsburgh was born in Brussels. After graduating from the Royal Music Conservatories of Mons and Liège in piano and chamber music, Ginsburgh studied with Paul Badura-Skoda, Vitaly Margulis, and particularly Claude Helffer in Paris for contemporary music and Jerome Lowenthal in New York.

He holds a B.A. in philosophy of science from the Université libre de Bruxelles, a M.M in piano and a Ph.D. in Arts from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2022, he is professor of piano at the Geneva University of Music.[3]

Ginsburgh appears regularly in recitals and chamber music in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and the United States. He performs contemporary music as well as the classical and Romantic repertoires that he often associates into his programs. He collaborates regularly with the Ictus Ensemble. Ginsburgh has performed and premiered pieces by Newton Armstrong, Vykintas Baltakas, Guy Barash, Philippe Boesmans, Renaud De Putter, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Fabian Fiorini, Alec Hall, Panayiotis Kokoras, Pierre Kolp, György Kurtág, Philipp Maintz, Benoît Mernier, Stefan Prins, André Ristic, Frederic Rzewski, François Sarhan, Sabrina Schroeder, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Juan Carlos Tolosa.

He has been awarded the Belgian composers' union prize for his achievements in performing Belgian contemporary music. From 1990 on, Ginsburgh has been a member of the Bureau des Pianistes and since 1991, he participates actively in the Contemporary Music Spring Festival Ars Musica in Brussels. In 1998, he co-founded Le Bureau des Arts, now Sonar, an active group of artists dedicated to different types of artistic expression and creation including music, dance, and literature, which he directed until 2018. He was artistic director of the Centre Henri Pousseur [fr], formerly known as Centre de Recherche et de Formation Musicale de Wallonie and to which he gave its new name, dedicated to electronic music and live electronics from 2010 until 2013.

Festivals and other activities[edit]

Ginsburgh has performed at important festivals such as Agora at IRCAM (Paris), Ars Musica (Brussels), Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel-Aviv), Festival Transit (Leuven), Milano Musica, Festival Next Wave (New York), Festival de Marseille, Festival Courtisane (Gent), Artefact Festival (Leuven), Festival Midis-Minimes (Brussels), Festival Loop (Brussels), Biennale Charleroi-Danse, Gentsche Feesten, Moscow Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, Les Nuits Botanique (Brussels), Quincena Musical (San Sebastián), Imatronic/Piano+ ZKM, and Darmstädter Ferienkurse.

Ginsburgh taught piano and philosophy at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and for several years chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Liège and the music school of Mons. He was assistant for the piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels from 2012 until 2018.

He translated Eric Hobsbawm's Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz into French for Aden Editions.[4] He has also written several articles about politics, and the interpretation of contemporary music.[5]

Works dedicated to Ginsburgh[edit]


  • Prize Tenuto BRTN 1995, Belgium
  • Fondation Schlumberger, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, France
  • Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, US
  • Fondation SPES, Brussels
  • Prix Pelemans 1999 for interpretation of Belgian contemporary music, Brussels


Among many CD releases,[21] Ginsburgh's renditions of Marcel Duchamp's Erratum Musical and Morton Feldman's Last Pieces received praising reviews by New York critics. He has recorded three albums with music by Jean-Luc Fafchamps and Morton Feldman. Other recent releases include a five-CD box for Sub Rosa with Feldman's complete piano music, The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard - 24 Preludes and Fugues by Anthony Burgess for Grand Piano/Naxos Records, and Sergei Prokofiev's complete piano sonatas for Cypres Records, which was praised by critics as "fireworks of creativity".[22]

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Two Extended Pieces for Four Pianos, Julius Eastman, 2 LPs, Sub Rosa, 2022[23]
  • Speaking Rzewski, Frederic Rzewski, Sub Rosa, 2021[24]
  • Three Extended Pieces for Four Pianos, Julius Eastman, Sub Rosa, 2021[25]
  • Augmented, Stefan Prins, Kairos, 2019[26]
  • The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard – 24 Preludes and Fugues, Anthony Burgess, Grand Piano/Naxos Records, 2018[27]
  • Quartet for piano, David Toub, World Edition, 2016[28]
  • Intégrale des Sonates pour piano, Sergei Prokofiev, Cypres records, 2015[29]
  • Beth/Veth, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Sub Rosa, 2015[30]
  • Back to, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Sub Rosa, 2013
  • Vexations, Erik Satie, Sub Rosa, 2008
  • For Bunita Marcus, Morton Feldman, Sub Rosa, 2006
  • Melencholia si..., Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Sub Rosa, 2001
  • Erratum Musical, Marcel Duchamp, Sub Rosa, 2001
  • Last Pieces, Morton Feldman, Sub Rosa, 2001
  • Is, Renaud De Putter, Sub Rosa, 1999
  • Chorée, Renaud De Putter, Sub Rosa, 1998
  • Pieces for More Than Two Hands, Morton Feldman, Sub Rosa, 1991


  1. ^ Database of the Flanders Music Centers
  2. ^ Christophe Pirenne, Les musiques nouvelles en Wallonie et à Bruxelles (1960–2003), 2004, p. 129. "A l'interprétation classique de Kontakte de Stockhausen (Stéphane Ginsburgh au piano, Gerrit Nulens aux percussions et spatialisation de Jean-Marc Sullon) a succédé une interprétation de la nouvelle génération"
  3. ^ Le Belge Stéphane Ginsburgh nommé professeur à la Haute école de musique de Genève {fr}
  4. ^ Rébellions : La résistance des gens ordinaires – Jazz, paysans et prolétaires (2010)
  5. ^ L'interprétation dans le TTP de Spinoza
  6. ^ The Naked Truth (Rzewski): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  7. ^ Grand Epic Fanfare on Matthew Shlomowitz's website
  8. ^ America: A Poem, Bandcamp
  9. ^ Musique pour le lever du jour on Bandcamp
  10. ^ Piano Hero #4,
  11. ^ Piano Hero #3,
  12. ^ Feynman speech sonata, Innovations en concert
  13. ^ A dog is a machine for loving,
  14. ^ Dear Diary (Rzewski): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  15. ^ "Beth / Veth" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.
  16. ^ "Rap and Tap" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.[failed verification]
  17. ^ Popular Contexts 2,
  18. ^ "West Pole" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.[failed verification]
  19. ^ "An die Nacht" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.[failed verification]
  20. ^ "Back to the voice" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.
  21. ^ Discogs
  22. ^ "Sergei Prokofjew Sämtliche Klaviersonaten" in Rondo Magazin (2016)
  23. ^ Two Extended Pieces for Four Pianos at Sub Rosa
  24. ^ Speaking Rzewski at Sub Rosa
  25. ^ Julius Eastman at Sub Rosa
  26. ^ Stefan Prins at Kairos
  27. ^ Anthony Burgess at Naxos
  28. ^ David Toub at World Edition
  29. ^ Sergeï Prokofiev at Cypres Records
  30. ^ Gentle Electronics at Sub Rosa

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