Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
Jeffrey LaDeur is known for his “delicate keyboard touch and rich expressivity” (San Francisco Chronicle) and playing that is “deeply moving, probing, entirely felt as in the moment” (Eduard Laurel). Much sought after for his rare blend of insight, spontaneity, and approachable, communicative stage presence, Jeffrey has captured the hearts and minds of audiences from the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to San Francisco Jazz Center and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. He is the founder and artistic director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival and New Piano Collective.
Having inherited a rich tradition of pianism and interpretation from Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot, LaDeur made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Debussy’s death in 2018. His debut album, The Unbroken Line (MSR1654) was hailed as “a masterpiece of understatement, simplicity, and ‘old school’ chord-playing where every note sings out with meaning” (Gramophone).
As soloist with orchestra, Jeffrey maintains a repertoire of over forty concerti. Recent concerto engagements include Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto with the Cambrian Symphony and Scott Krijnen, the Totentanz by Liszt with Contra Costa Chamber Orchestera and Chad Goodman, and Chopin’s Concerto in F Minor with Symphonia Caritas led by Paul Schrage.
A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur has performed with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Toby Appel, Anne Akiko Meyers, and David Requiro. He performs regularly with mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich, with whom he has recorded lieder by Beethoven and Schumann, and enjoys ongoing collaborations with the Alexander and Argus String Quartets.
LaDeur holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance and chamber music, respectively. Jeffrey counts among his teachers Mark Edwards, Douglas Humpherys, Yoshikazu Nagai, and Robert McDonald.