David Jalbert
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David Jalbert


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Corigliano & Rzewski: Ballads and Fantasies
Fauré : Complete Nocturnes



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Pianist David Jalbert is one of the most remarkable talents of the new generation. With his personal style, incomparable stage presence and refined ear, he has convinced audiences and critics everywhere in North America : “a deeply musical pianist” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “an important talent” (The Montreal Gazette), “Jalbert dazzles with skill, style and taste… with all the exuberance and finesse a listener could want” (The Toronto Star). His first solo disc, dedicated to the works of Corigliano and Rzewski, was launched to great applause on Endeavour in 2004, and is now followed up in 2006 by an equally successful recording of Fauré’s complete Nocturnes. David Jalbert has also recorded two cello and piano discs with his long-standing musical partner Denise Djokic, the first for Sony Classical in 2002, and the second for Endeavour in 2005 (Folklore, nominated for a Juno Award and listed in the top 15 of the Billboard charts), as well as a CD with French Hornist Louis-Philippe Marsolais for the German label Oehms Classics. Mr. Jalbert also performs with his dynamic piano trio (with violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov) under the name “Triple Forte”. Other collaborations have included the Quatuor Alcan as well as pianists Anton Kuerti and Naida Cole.
David Jalbert has been a guest soloist with many great orchestras, such as the Montreal Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra and the National Symphony of Ireland, and has collaborated with conductors like Skitch Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jacques Lacombe, Marc David, Dmitry Liss and Mario Bernardi. He has performed in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe ; his vast repertoire stretches from Bach to Ligeti in solo as well as in chamber music. Mr. Jalbert’s interests in literature, cinema, rock n’roll and blues shine through his musical selections, which can be heard regularly on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada broadcasts.
David Jalbert holds two “Artist Diplomas” ; one from the Juilliard School in New York, the other from the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto. He received his Masters Degree from the Université de Montréal at age 21, along with the Gold Medal of the Governor General for the highest results of all of the University’s graduate students. His main teachers have been Jerome Lowenthal, Marc Durand, André Laplante and Pauline Charron. He has also worked with Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Claude Frank, Gilbert Kalish and Marylin Engle.