Detailed biography

Eliane Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro. Her musical talent was discovered early on and was fostered by Arnaldo Estrella (himself a student of Alfred Cortot's and friends with Villa Lobos).

She was a true child prodigy: at the age of three, she started composing - before she could even read or write notes. By the time she was seven, two piano methods had appeared in her compositions. In addition to this, she played her first recital at the age of five, and made her first TV appearance a year later, in which she played Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional. Just a year later, she played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488), once again with the National Symphony Orchestra. From that moment on, she won prizes at numerous regional and national competitions, going on to win the special prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the USA when she was just 18.

After this, she moved to Belgium to attend classes by Jacques Detiège (who was a student of Leon Fleischer's before going on to teach other winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, including Robert Groslot and Sylvia Traey). She also took first place at many national competitions, such as the Emmanuel Durlet Competition, the Cantabile, the Tenuto, etc., going on to take fifth place at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983.

She hasn't been resting on her laurels all this time, though: the award-winning Rodrigues was soon playing venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berliner Schauspielhaus, Paris, Hamburg and the Leipzigs Gewandhaus. Just to give you an idea of a few of the places she's played... Antwerp, Brussels, The Hague, Moscow, New York, Rio de Janeiro, St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Zurich. For over 20 years, she has been invited to De Doelen in Rotterdam to perform a Chopin recital on Boxing Day.

1998 was a turning point for Rodrigues: she became the key figure in the annual Swiss Música Romântica festival, at which she not only perform solo, but conduct at, and compose for as well.

In addition to this, she has been a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp for over 20 years. Plus, she's produced over 25 CDs of both live concerts and studio albums. In 2002, she recorded five Sergey Prokofiev concertos on CD.

"She exudes a bright, pure light. Her delicate appearance hides a mysterious power that only master concert pianists possess. When Rodrigues takes on an opus with her familiar liveliness, the listener forgets all the technical aspects. All the listener hears is a dragonfly that flits through eternally blue skies."
Frans Verleyen - Knack Magazine

She most recently recorded all eight of Beethoven's piano concertos in St.

"I am speechless. Such intensity, so much refined dialectic skill with thesis-antithesis-synthesis, such a fine misting of benevolent notes, colours with an unknown depth... your unique subtlety in expressing an existential drama - for me, it is a dark, cloudy sky after a rainstorm, through which the sun is trying to break. I have the utmost respect for who you are, what you do, how you do it, and how absolutely beautiful and incredibly meticulous and precise it is."
Bart Stouten - VRT