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Based in Vienna, Austria, Christopher Devine (1982) is a composer, conductor and pianist, and was born and raised in the Netherlands, from a German mother and a Scottish father. He studied in Amsterdam,The Hague and Vienna with Marcel Baudet, Jan Wijn and Stefan Vladar (piano), Theo Loevendie (composition) and Georg Mark (conducting). His musical development was further enriched by regular masterclasses with Leslie Howard, Janina Fialkowska, Elisso Virsaladze en Maria João Pires.

As a pianist, Christopher Devine has been active worldwide for over two decades. He is a winner of several international competitions, which helped him earn performances in prominent halls like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Carnegie Hall in New York, Rakhmaninov Hall in Moscow and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has played as a soloist with orchestras like the Residence Orchestra of The Hague, The Orchestra of Gelderland and ‘l´Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès’ in Spain. Since 2008 he is a member of the Gustav Mahler Piano Quartet. Recently, Christopher Devine’s growing discography comprises the complete works for piano solo by Debussy, issued in a 5 CD box set by Piano Classics, which Gramophone described as ‘full of subtle thoughts, finely etched and very polished’.

Since 2017, Christopher Devine is principal conductor at the ‘Stadtchor und Philharmonie Klosterneuburg’ (Austria). Besides the standard repertoire of, for example, Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Brahms, they have also performed world premieres by Sir Karl Jenkins and Franz J. Mach in the past three seasons. This April, Haydn’s ‘Creation’ is on the programme. 

Apart from being an interpreter Christopher Devine is also known for his work as a composer. In 2001 his work ‘Mirkwood Music’ was performed in the ‘Beurs van Berlage’ (Amsterdam) by the Dutch Chamber Orchestra, with Ernst van Tiel conducting. In 2011, he wrote and conducted the music to the Viennese film by Robert Herzl: “der verlorene Atem”, which was premiered in January 2013. He also regularly performs his works for solo piano.

Christopher Devine also holds a post as Senior Lecturer at the University for Music and performing Arts Graz since 2013. He is married to pianist Mehrdokht Manavi, and they have a daughter together, Aryana.

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6 Hours Debussy: Complete Music for Piano Solo
Brilliant Classics

6 Hours Debussy: Complete Music for Piano Solo

This album contains the complete works for piano solo by Claude Debussy, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics. Online purchase or streaming (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Play): More Information: Social media: Facebook: Instagram: Piano Classics Spotify: Piano Classics Spotify: Most Popular Piano Classics: Classical Piano Music: Top 50 Rachmaninoff: Best Piano Music: Peaceful and Relaxing Piano Music: Beautiful Piano Nocturnes: Baroque Music on Piano: The Best of Chopin: Piano at the Opera: This album includes the piano reductions of the Ballets (Khamma, Jeux, La boite a joujoux), the solo piano version of Six Épigraphes Antiques, and several alternative version of well‐known compositions, all by the composer himself. Debussy’s piano works count among the most original and influential works of the 20‐th century piano literature. The innovative piano writing, the keen sense for colour and timbre and the emotional impact of each individual piece show the hand and mind of a true genius. Christopher Devine (born 1982) was born in the Netherlands to a German mother and Scottish father. After his education at the The Hague Conservatory he furthered his development with Maria Joao Pires, Elisso Virsaladze, Janina Fialkowska and Leslie Howard. His immense repertoire includes over 1000 solo works and 30 concertos. His close affinity to Debussy’s sound world is proven in this magnificent recording of the complete works, clearly a labour of love. Track list: 00:00:00 Suite bergamasque, L. 75 00:16:42 Danse bohémienne, L. 9 00:18:44 2 Arabesques, L. 66: I. 00:25:50 Mazurka, L. 67 00:28:08 Rêverie, L. 68 00:32:34 Tarantelle styrienne, L. 69 00:37:25 Ballade, L. 70 00:44:00 Valse romantique, L. 71 00:46:44 Nocturne in D-Flat Major, L. 82 00:52:57 Pour le piano, L. 95 01:05:59 Estampes, L. 100 01:19:34 Images, livre I, L. 110 01:33:38 Images, Livre II, L. 111 01:46:48 Images oubliées, L. 87 01:58:28 Children’s Corner, L. 113 02:14:11 Le petit nègre in C Major, L. 114 02:15:11 Hommage à Haydn, L. 115 02:17:08 La plus que lente, L. 121 02:20:30 Morceau de concours, L. 108 02:21:10 Masques, L. 105 02:25:54 D’un cahier d’esquisses in D-Flat Major, L. 99 02:29:52 L’isle joyeuse, L. 106 02:35:38 Préludes, livre I, L. 117: 03:14:39 Préludes, Livre II, L. 123 03:54:40 Khamma, L. 125 04:14:52 La damoiselle élue, L. 62 04:19:34 Jeux, L. 126 04:36:53 Piano Trio in G Major, L. 3: II. Intermède 04:41:05 La boîte à joujoux, L. 128: I. Prélude. Le sommeil de la boîte – Tableau I. Le magasin de jouets 04:53:08 La boîte à joujoux, L. 128: II. Tableau II. Le champ de bataille 05:00:49 La boîte à joujoux, L. 128: III. Tableau III. La bergerie à vendre – Après fortune faite – Épilogue 05:08:19 Études, livre I, L. 136 05:29:46 Études, livre II, L. 136 05:55:52 Étude retrouvée 06:00:19 6 Épigraphes antiques, L. 131 06:16:53 Berceuse héroïque, L. 132 06:21:38 Pièce pour le vêtement du blesse, L. 133 06:22:48 Élégie, L. 138 06:25:21 Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon in A-Flat Major Complete tracklist can be found in the comment section
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