Eliane Lust (pronounced El-yaan Loost; born July 19, 1956), is an American classical pianist and educator in the German and Hungarian traditions. Her principal teachers were Leonard Shure and György Sebők. Lust is devoted to the piano repertoire of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy and Liszt as well as modernists such as Frederic Rzewski, Charles ShereLeon Kirchner, Horațiu Rădulescu, Ron McFarland,Darius Milhaud and John Cage, most of whom she has worked closely with.
Eliane Lust began playing piano at age 5 in Brussels, Belgium. She was raised by French-speaking Franco-Belgian parents. The Lust family moved to California where her mother, Dr. Annette Bercut Lust, a Sorbonne University graduate and author of "From The Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond", was a professor at UC Berkeley and at Dominican University of California. Her father, Dr. Jean Lust, a research scientist, worked on a Nobel Prize winning research team at the UCSF Medical Center. At an early stage, Eliane performed the music of Darius Milhaud for him along with her younger sister, Evelyne (who later married American composer Aaron Jay Kernis). It was Milhaud who suggested that the Lust daughters should go into music professionally. By age 14, Lust was performing concerti with local orchestras and at age 16 was a chosen piano soloist for the chamber orchestra of the Marin Youth Orchestra Piccola's concert tour of Italy. This included participation in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She was also invited to Sommermusikwöchen, a music festival in Switzerland and to participate in Eduardo del Pueyo's piano performance master classes held in the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Lust's principle teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Paul Hersh, sent her to work with his former teacher, Leonard Shure. Shure had been the teaching assistant and student of the concert pianist Artur Schnabel. Lust credits her studies with Leonard Shure with her subsequent interest and work with several other Schnabel students, including Claude Frank, Aube Tzerko, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher and musicologist Konrad Wolff. While attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, Lust also become involved with chamber music studies and performances, working with Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, Yo-Yo Ma, Dorothy DeLay and Eric Rosenblith. She also coached with most of the New England Conservatory faculty including Gabriel Chodos, Benjamin Zander John Heiss and Laurence Lesser as well as Leon Kirchner at Harvard University. Lust attended the Tanglewood Music Center at the Tanglewood Music Festival as a nationally chosen fellowship pianist where she worked with Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Wyner, Gunther Schuller and Theodore Antoniou among others. At the Aspen Music Festival and School, Lust was chosen to perform on national television for concert pianist Misha Dichter.
From 1984 to 1986, Eliane was a fellow at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada where she performed with Anner Bylsma and Ronald Leonard. Eliane coached with pianists Richard Goode, John Perry, Marek Jablonski, Menahem Pressler and most importantly, György Sebők, who became her musical mentor for the next seventeen years. Lust's close musical relationship with Sebök led to scholarships at the Ernen Musikdorf, a music festival he organized in Ernen, Switzerland. Moreover, Eliane also attended his McMinnville, Oregon master classes where Lust's own master class students coached with Sebök.
International Performances & Award Recognition:
Over the past forty years, Lust has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and French Polynesia. She was the featured piano soloist for the theater piece "Chronique d'un Piano Femme" by director Maurice Guillaud at the Theatre de Vincennes in Paris, France. She has performed as recital soloist at the MusicConcerts Series in Périgueux, France, the Palais de l'Athénée in Geneva, Switzerland, the American Cultural Center in Brussels, Belgium, the Los Angeles Worker's Circle and throughout French Polynesia as a solo recitalist, competition judge and master class coach as guest of the Musique en Polynésie organization. Lust has also performed in residency at the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, as a fellow at the Chateau LaGesse Foundation in Toulouse, France, on the San Francisco Performances at Six concert series, as the featured annual solo pianist at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, California and at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Illinois. The California Arts Council also placed Lust on its touring roster and awarded her for her dedication to contemporary American music and for her innovative programming.
Lust has given master classes and clinics or held visiting residencies at DePauw University,Montclair State College, Sacramento State University, the Music Teachers National Association and throughout the United States, French Polynesia and Western Europe. She has adjudicated local, national and international music competitions for over 30 years, performing or teaching at music festivals in Aspen, Tanglewood, Banff, Alberta, and Hereford, England among others. Her master classes are designed for advanced pianists, critics and dedicated piano teachers. Many of her master class students are professional musicians and are private studio teachers or faculty members of colleges, universities and conservatories as well as active solo and chamber performers themselves.
New music collaborations, unusual programming:
While trained by traditional classical music masters, Lust also started to collaborate very early in her professional life with living composers. She has worked closely with or has had music written for her by Charles Shere,Leon Kirchner, Frederic Rzewski Jeffrey Miller, John Heiss, Horațiu Rădulescu, and John Cage among others. Her unusual programming and a selected discography includes projects like Felix Mendelssohn's complete Songs Without Words, the complete Chopin Preludes Opus 28 coupled with Rzewski's 24 Ludes, composer Ron McFarland's "Hommages" for solo piano, a program of spoken word accompanied by piano in collaboration with writer and music commentator Michael Steinberg, the penultimate piano Sonatas of Scriabin, Beethoven, Prokoviev and Schubert, a program of contemporary tangos for solo piano by William Schimmel, John Cage, Eric Satie, Scott Pender, Darius Milhaud, Robert Berkman, Dane Rudhyar, Robert Elkjer and Igor Stravinsky and a program titled "Love Letters" which consists of solo piano music composed by both Robert Schumann and by his wife, concert pianist Clara Schumann.