CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT SIX
Andrew Brownell & Steven Vanhauwaert
Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 6:00 PM
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Since winning 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, Andrew Brownell has pursued an active and varied international performing career, with critics regularly remarking on his creative programming and interpretive insight. Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell “impresses as much with his mind as with his hands... the anti-Lang Lang.” Mr. Brownell won 2nd Prize ex aequo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, making him the first American pianist to have won a prize in the history of the competition. He also won 1st Prize at the 2005 J. N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava. His performances have aired on BBC radio and television, Classic FM in the UK, NPR, CBC, and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, among others. He has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra in Russia. A native of Portland, Oregon, he began piano studies at age four. His teachers have included Nancy Weems and Horacio Gutiérrez at the University of Houston; John Perry at the University of Southern California; and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he earned a doctorate. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, Andrew Brownell was a member of a prize-winning trio at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has appeared in concert with principals of orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Vienna Philharmonic. In 2017, he joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique”, Steven Vanhauwaert has garnered a wide array of accolades, including the First Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. He has appeared as a soloist at the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. He has appeared with orchestras including the Pacific Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, the Flemish Symphony, and the Kyiv Kamerata. Many of Mr. Vanhauwaert’s performances have been broadcast live on PBS, KMZT, KUSC, KPFK, WFMT, and RTBF, among others. He was also a featured guest in a documentary on creativity for the German/French channel ARTE. He is the co-director of the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes, a 3-week long summer festival featuring guest artists from around the world. He also serves as Artistic Director for the Second Sundays at Two series in Rolling Hills, CA. His discography covers a wide range of composers, from Joseph Woelfl to Stravinsky and Tigran Mansurian. He has recorded on the Hortus, Sonarti, ECM, and Bridge labels; several of his albums have received 5 diapasons in France, and have garnered praise in the press in the US and abroad. He serves as Assistant Professor on the faculty at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.