De Groote, André

A prize-winner in a number of important contests, the eminent Belgian pianist André De Groote was awarded the Harriet Cohen Medal in London and was a laureate of the Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Queen Elisabeth (Brussels) and ARD (Munich) competitions, all of which gave him access to the world´s major musical venues.

His art has thus been widely heard, not only in the main European centers, but also in the Americas, Africa, the Middle and Far East. He has appeared with such distinguished conductors as Dean Dixon, Neëme Jarvi, Michael Gielen, Christoph Eschenbach, Igor Markevitch...his chamber music activities include close association with the Chilingirian and Via Nova string quartets, the violinists Yayoi Toda and Augustin Dumay, while his duo with the cellist Viviane Spanoghe has become a landmark in Belgian musical life. Together they have recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Enesco, Jongen, Shostakovitch, Tournemire and Vierne.

André De Groote wide-range repertoire includes some 50 concertos, Brahms´ entire output for solo piano (all of which has been recorded), Beethoven´s 32 piano sonatas that he performed three times in Brussels, at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, in Zaragoza (Spain), and in Hiroshima (Japan); the recording of these sonatas has just been re-issued by Etcetera. An honorary professor at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire, he has given many master-classes in France, Germany, Spain and Japan.  In 1986 he was a visiting Professor at Arizona State University, and in 2007-2008 he was a Visiting Professor of Piano at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is in great demand as an adjudicator in such international events as the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the Piano Competitions in Montréal and in Caracas.

Retired from concert life, André De Groote applies himself to writing cadenzas, making transcriptions and composing.