David Korevaar’s mastery of the piano is joined with a large and varied repertoire, and enhanced by his work with living composers and his own experience writing music. He successfully balances an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is Professor of Piano.
Korevaar’s 2007 London debut at Wigmore Hall was acclaimed in Musical Opinion as “a fascinating recital . . . This was playing of a high standard, reminiscent of the art of Robert Casadesus and Samson François.” Since his Town Hall debut in 1985, he has performed at major venues in New York including Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Concert Hall. He has performed across the United States from Boston, New York and Washington, DC to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas and San Diego, and he plays frequently in his home state of Colorado with orchestras, in chamber ensembles and in solo recitals. He performs and teaches annually in Japan, and has performed in Europe, Australia, Korea, and Abu Dhabi. In March 2008, Korevaar spent two weeks performing and teaching in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan as a Cultural Envoy sponsored by the US State Department.
Currently a member of the Boulder Public Library’s ensemble-in-residence, the Boulder Piano Quartet, and Dallas-based Clavier Trio, Korevaar has performed as guest artist with the Takács, Manhattan and Colorado Quartets, among other groups. He was a founding member of the Young Concert Artists Award-winning piano and wind ensemble Hexagon, with which he toured for many years.
David Korevaar’s newest CD releases are Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Ivory Classics) and French Music from the Ricardo Viñes Collection (Koch), reviewed in International Piano as “A triumph! David Korevaar has uncovered some truly wonderful music…all played with the greatest sensitivity and distinction, and the result is an exemplary recording that deserves a place in any serious collection.” Also released in 2007 was a recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas op. 31, no. 1, op. 101, and op. 111 (Ivory). Other solo releases include Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Gaspard de la nuit, and Miroirs (MSR Classics) and Brahms Variations for Piano (Ivory Classics). His broad musical interests and extensive repertoire are reflected in recordings ranging from the two books of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Musicians Showcase) to the piano music of Lowell Liebermann, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Koch Classics). He has recorded the romantic virtuoso compositions of Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi (Ivory Classics), and transcriptions (his own and Liszt’s) of orchestral music by Franz Liszt, including the rarely heard 2nd Mephisto Waltz (Helicon).
Other releases include a CD by the Prometheus Quartet featuring music by 19th-Century Frenchmen Saint-Saëns and d’Indy (Centaur), an album of Lowell Liebermann’s chamber music with flutist Alexa Still (Koch Classics), the complete sonatas for brass instruments by Paul Hindemith (Kleos), and the Brahms Violin Sonatas with violinist Anastasia Khitruk (Titanic).
David Korevaar’s interest in new music is reflected in his programming. In addition to his continuing association with the music of Lowell Liebermann, Korevaar has performed and recorded music by composers including Paul Schoenfield, Mike Barnett, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Rochberg, Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Eyerly and Libby Larson. He gave the New York premiere of three of Harrison Birtwistle’s Harrison’s Clocks as part of the Juilliard School’s Piano Century series in 2000. He is a frequent participant in the University of Colorado’s Pendulum new music series. For an idea of what he looks for in new music, read Korevaar’s essay in the October 2003 New Music Box.
Korevaar was honored along with co-author and webmaster Tim Smith of Northern Arizona University for a web-based exploration of the Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier, featuring analytical essays and animations by Professor Smith, performance-related essays by Korevaar, and Korevaar’s performances of the music. The site received top honors both in music and overall, including the Editor’s Choice Award from MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching). Professor Smith has recently mounted a new website with analyses and historical essays around Bach’s Goldberg Variations also featuring Korevaar’s recording.
In 2007, Dr. Korevaar received the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Colorado in honor of his work with the Ricardo Viñes Piano Music Collection at the university. Other honors include top prizes from the University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition (1988) and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation (1985), as well as a special prize for his performance of French music from the Robert Casadesus Competition (1989). In May 2000, he received the Richard French award from the Juilliard School, honoring his doctoral document on Ravel’s Miroirs.
David Korevaar began his piano studies at age six in San Diego with Sherman Storr, and at age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl Wild. By age 20 he had earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild and studied composition with David Diamond. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon. Another important mentor and teacher was the French pianist Paul Doguereau, who had been a student of Egon Petri, and who had studied the music of Fauré and Debussy with Roger-Ducasse (a pupil of Fauré’s), and the music of Ravel with the composer.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Colorado in 2000, Korevaar taught for many years at the Westport School of Music in Connecticut, where he was Artist-Teacher. He now lives in Boulder, CO with his family. Korevaar is a Kawai artist.
Takács Quartet (3/3, 3/4)