Stéphane Ginsburgh

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Stéphane Ginsburgh
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Background information
Born (1969-11-27) 27 November 1969 (age 51)
Brussels, Belgium
GenresContemporary, 20th-century classical, electronic, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, performance, keyboards, percussion
Years active1990s–present
LabelsSub Rosa, Cypres Records, Naxos Records, Kairos
Associated actsIctus Ensemble, Stefan Prins, Frederic Rzewski

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.

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[3] now Sonar, an active group of artists dedicated to different types of artistic expression and creation including music, dance, and literature. He was artistic director of the Centre Henri Pousseur [fr] dedicated to electronic music and live electronics from 2010 until 2013.

Works dedicated to Ginsburgh[edit]

  • The Naked Truth by Frederic Rzewski (2021)
  • America: A Poem by Frederic Rzewski (2020)
  • Musique pour le lever du jour by Melaine Dalibert (2018)
  • Piano Hero #3 by Stefan Prins (2016)
  • Dear Diary by Frederic Rzewski (2014)
  • Beth/Veth by Jean-Luc Fafchamps (2012)
  • Salouette from Three Pieces by Frederic Rzewski dedicated to Salomé Lou Ginsburgh (2011)


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.



Among many CD releases, 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.

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Speaking Rzewski, Frederic Rzewski, Sub Rosa, 2021
  • Three Extended Pieces for Four Pianos, Julius Eastman, Sub Rosa, 2021
  • Augmented, Stefan Prins, Kairos, 2019
  • The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Anthony Burgess, Grand Piano/Naxos Records, 2018
  • Quartet for Piano, David Toub, World Edition, 2016
  • Complete Piano Sonatas, Sergei Prokofiev, Cypres records, 2015
  • Beth/Veth, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Sub Rosa, 2014
  • 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

Other activities[edit]

Ginsburgh teaches piano and philosophy at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and for several years has taught 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][6]


  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. ^ "Organisateurs de concerts", Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service général des Arts de la Scène
  4. ^ Rébellions : La résistance des gens ordinaires – Jazz, paysans et prolétaires (2010)
  5. ^ Article 1
  6. ^ Interprétation et performance de la musique actuelle[permanent dead link]

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