Constantine Finehouse, pianist

Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. His principal teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity,” Finehouse has performed extensively in the US (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg and Trieste). Recent recordings include Backwards Glance [Spice Rack Records 101-01], which interweaves music of Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. 

The Bolcom Project, made in collaboration with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included double-CD [Albany Troy 959/960] and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” As part of American Double, Finehouse also toured Hungary, performing sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom and Ravel. More recently, he collaborated with violinist Olga Caceànova at Lausanne Conservatoire and with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Merkin Recital Hall (Kauffman Center). Finehouse is currently recording Bolcom’s complete piano solo works for Naxos Records. 

The 2011-2012 season brings recitals celebrating Liszt's bicentennial. Finehouse will be featured as a soloist and in chamber music performances across the United States. He has been awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. Finehouse serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston.  In fall 2011 he assumed the position of Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara. 

The 2011-2012 Season

The focus of the the current and upcoming seasons are performances of music of Franz Liszt, celebrating 200th anniversary of his birth. These concerts will also feature compositions of William Bolcom, Tony Schemmer and Richard Beaudoin that quote or cross-reference works (or, as in Beaudoin's case, actual recorded performances of works) of older masters such as Chopin, Schumann and Debussy.  Other programs in 2011 will feature Nine Bagatelles and Nine New Bagatelles by one of the giants of American music, William Bolcom, in conjuction with the recording of these works as well as Bolcom's completion of Schubert's C Major Sonata "Reliquie" of his mamoth 1961 Fantasy-Sonata on Naxos Records. Please visit the Events page for more information on  performances.

Upcoming Recordings - 2011/2012

January 2010 saw the release of Constantine's solo album, Backwards Glance, which intersperses compositions by Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. A CD of music for cello and piano music representing collaborations with young cellist Sebastian Baverstam and Boston-based composer Tony Schemmer has just been released and features music of Johannes Brahms in addition to three works of Schemmer. This year will also see the release of first in a series of six CD's on Naxos Records of the complete solo piano works of William Bolcom.

Photograph of Constantine Finehouse

Constantine's formal biography can be found inside the Press Kit.

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