Jeffrey Grice : Pianist : About Jeffrey Grice
About the Artist
JEFFREY GRICE was born in Christchurch, New Zealand where he began piano studies at an early age. He gave his first public concert at the age of 16 as a result of numerous competition successes. Very interested in languages, he majored in both literature and music at Auckland University. A French Government bursary enabled him to further his studies in Paris with Yvonne Loriod and Germaine Mounier, culminating in a performance diploma from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Musique de Paris. He then studied repertoire with Pr. Enrique Barenboim, the father and original teacher of Daniel Barenboim, in Israel. Other formative influences were to come from the American pianist Charles Rosen and from Florencia Raitzin, director of the Paris Institute of Music.
A laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, the Cziffra Foundation and the Sophia-Antipolis Foundation, Grice has performed many times with orchestra under the batons of chefs like Armin Jordan, Michiyoshi Inoue, Victor Puhl... He also excels as a chamber musician, performing frequently with other top-class artists (Alexander Markoff, violin, Eduard Brunner, clarinet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Shigenori Kudo, flute...) at various festivals throughout the world. He has performed with internationally acclaimed singers like Maria Bayo, Anne Sophie von Otter, Sergei Leiferkus...
Jeffrey Grice has been residing in France for nearly thirty years. In 1999, the French Ministry of Culture decorated him with the title Officier des Arts et des Lettres for distinguished service in the field of music.
With recordings in Europe for CALLIOPE, ERATO and INTEGRAL CLASSIC, he has also recorded in Japan for JVC, SONY CLASSICAL and COSMO VILLAGE and in New Zealand for WAITEATA music.
In 1996, “Golden Performance”, a recording for Cosmo Village of his solo recital (Brahms, Berg and Bartok) in Nagoya’s prestigious Shirakawa Hall, was chosen “Best Recording” by Stereo Magazine, Japan. In June 2004, Stereo Magazine similarly acclaimed his CD for Sony Classical with flautist Shigenori Kudo of 20th century French flute/piano repertoire (Poulenc, Dutilleux, Gallois-Montbrun). In 2002, his Liszt CD (Integral Classic) was chosen “Best Sound Recording” by the French magazine Repertoire. His recent playing of the first seven Tone Clock Pieces of Jenny McLeod (The Te Waiata Collection of New Zealand Music) was hailed as “incandescent”.
Grice’s programmes are imaginative and attractive. His particular way of juxtaposing different works from the repertoire, creates a new kind of listening and has encouraged many contemporary composers to write for him. World premieres have included: Jenny McLeod's "Tone-Clock Pieces" (1991 in Paris), Karen Tanaka's Quintet for flute, piano and string trio (1996 in Yokohama), Nigel Keay’s The dancer leads the procession (2003 in Paris), David Chaillou’s Diableries, Kyril Zaborov Sonata (2005 in Paris)