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Eric Himy

  • Pianist

About

Eric Himy is one of those pianists whose performances are rare gems. He has been hailed as a throwback to another era, a colorist with a technique that transcends normal barriers in the pursuit of the rare magical combination of music with meaning, yet alive with visceral energy and passion. His playing has been compared to some of the Old Masters (Moiseiwitsch, Cortot, Friedman) and he excels in exploiting the resources of the instrument to create something totally new and out of the ordinary going beyond the score.

The Revue Musicale De Suisse Romande wrote: “There is some Horowitz in those steel wrists and those rubber fingers: a feline approach to the keyboard, alternating caressing velvet paws and nervous strokes of claws, a sensual gourmand exploitation of sonorities, a high-level eloquence, virtuoso.”

Some of his career highlights include making his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and performing with Hugh Wolff and National Symphony Orchestra, as well as with conductors Serge Baudo, Kenneth Schermerhorn and with Antoni Wit, who was making his American debut. 

In addition, Mr.Himy gave the premiereof Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles which was commissioned for Mr. Himy’s Alice Tully Hall debut at Lincoln Center (That sold-out concert incidentally was attended by many well-known musicians and pianists including Stephen Hough {who later recorded the work and which Yuja Wang just performed in Carnegie Hall}, Joseph Villa, Boris Slutsky, Leonid Kuzmin and the widow of composer Alexander Tcherepnin and many others.) He also replaced ailing soloists on many occasions such as Pascal Rogé and Alain Planes.

His Schumann CD was picked by BBC as a CD of the year which resulted in invitation to perform in Bayreuth at the Steingraeber  House in 2010. Lavish praise has been given as well for his Ravel, Debussy, Liszt and Gershwin CDs.

In Malta, at the historic Manoel Theater, The Times critic wrote: “Few who were at the Manoel Theatre on Sunday will ever forget this American gentleman’s recital. It will remain one of the years’ highlights and probably many more to come.” The Los Angeles Times called him: “a keyboard poet and colorist” and The New York Times described him as: Flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.

A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Himy began piano studies at age six, giving his first concert at age 10. He was guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and at 19 he made his National Symphony Orchestra debut under Hugh Wolf going on to win numerous competitions and awards including the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris. Himy studied biochemistry and music at the University of Maryland, and received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Thomas Schumacher, Adele Marcus and Josef Villa.

In 2013, Mr. Himy performed with Saint Petersburg State Symphony in Russia under Vladimir Lande who re-invited him in 2014 to perform the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. He was also invited in 2013 and 2014 to perform in Brussels by friends of the pianist Martha Argerich and the performance was an exciting success resulting in invitations to Summer Festivals such as the 2014 Pietrasanta  Music Festival in Italy. Mr.Himy will also be performing with orchestra next season at the 2015 Napa Music Festival with Michael Guttman conducting and with the Panama NSO at the Teatro Nacional.

 

He has recorded 15 CDs, 3 DVDs and his website is www.erichimy.com