The Belgian pianist, Jeanne Stark-Iochmans, graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with the highest marks of the previous 20 years and received the conservatory’s most coveted award: The Prix de Virtuosite avec Grande Distinction. She won the Laure Van Cutsem Prize, appeared as soloist with Belgium national orchestra and was selected to represent Belgium at an international festival of modern music in Bayreuth. An International Queen Elisabeth scholarship brought her to the USA for advanced study with Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Edwine Behre.
Following a highly acclaimed debut in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Jeanne Stark-Iochmans has delighted audiences in France, Canada, Mexico, Belgium and the USA. She has given solo performances in venues from San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium and Herbst Theater to New York's Carnegie Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. She has been featured as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Léon Jongen and Edouard Van Remoorteel, the National Radio Orchestra of Belgium conducted by René Defossez, the New Haven Symphony, with the Boston Civic Orchestra, in Virginia, at New York’s Town Hall and on WNYC in New York. She has also performed extensively with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila with Kent Nagano conducting. She is regarded with the highest esteem, in Europe and in America, for her superb musician ship and deeply spiritual interpretations of classical music's most challenging repertoire for the piano. Her artistry has earned her the praise of some of the great musical masters of our time, including composers Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen and Lou Harrison.
With Today’s Artists Concerts’ Distinguished Artists Series in San Francisco, she has performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 23, K. 488 under the baton of Kermit Moore, and Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Urs Schneider, both with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and several solo recitals. In 1985, she performed a solo recital program at Carnegie Recital Hall and gave recitals at Alice Tully Hall in 1988 and 1992, both also under the auspices of Today’s Artists Concerts. In 1996, she performed J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at Alice Tully Hall, under the auspices of Four Seasons Concerts and in October 2001, she was presented in her Carnegie Hall debut recital also under the auspices of Four Seasons Concerts. For 23 years, she has been Artist-in-Residence at Four Seasons Concerts’ Yachats Music Festival in Yachats, Oregon. She performs regularly with Four Seasons. In 1998, she performed at the University of Istanbul in Turkey.
For several years, Jeanne Stark-Iochmans served as both teacher and performer in the festivals at Montauroux in Southern France and was a member of the Adamant Summer Piano School in Vermont. She has served at Bryn Mawr College as guest lecturer on the works of Olivier Messiaen and was Assistant Music Director for Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at Bryn Mawr.
Jeanne Stark-Iochmans can be heard on Arch Record's label in Debussy's Preludes, Books I and II. Her CD recordings of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) and of the Last Three Sonatas of L.v. Beethoven are available at Tower Records.