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French Pianist Lise de la Salle Presents Houston Debut Recital Tonight

French Pianist Lise de la Salle Presents Houston Debut Recital Tonight

French pianist Lise de la Salle will make her Houston debut tonight, April 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, presented by Society for the Performing Arts.

In just a few years, through her international concert appearances and her award-winning Naïve recordings, 25-year-old Lisa de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists and has emerged as one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation, praised for inspired performances of virtuosity and depth. Her Houston recital will feature a program of Johannes Brahms' Theme and Variations, Op. 18b in D minor (1860) and Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit (1908); and Frédéric Chopin's Preludes, Op. 28 (1839).

A native of France, now living in Paris, de la Salle first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with a Bach/Liszt recording that was selected as "Recording of the Month" by Gramophone Magazine. She was similarly recognized in 2008 for her recording of Liszt's, Prokofiev's and Shostakovich's first concertos - a remarkable feat for someone only 20 years old. De la Salle has recorded a total of six albums. Her most recent albums have included an all-Chopin disc in 2010 and Liszt in 2011.

Since her career began, de la Salle has received honors at competitions all over the world. In 2003, she won the European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris, and, in 2004, won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. At the Ettlingen International Competition in Germany, de la Salle won First Prize and the Bärenreiter Award. She has also won First Prize in many French piano competitions, including the Steinway, Sucy, Vulaines and Radio-France Competitions. In 2003, she won the "Groupe Banque Populaire Natexis" Prize, for which she received a three-year scholarship.

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