Pianist Cecilia Dunoyer’s 1997 New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed to a sold-out audience, garnered rave reviews. Harris Goldsmith praised her “accomplished pianism … her elegantly assured prestidigitation… her ﬁrm, richly bronzen tone and an unmistakable ear for orchestral textures and colors. If Fauré was well served by Ms. Dunoyer, her Debussy proved even more impressive…” An invitation to perform in New York again at Merkin Hall followed in May 1998 in a program of 20th-century French and Japanese music, which The New York Times most favorably reviewed.
Originally from Paris, Cecilia Dunoyer has concertized extensively in the United States, Argentina and Europe, including recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Paris, Vienna, Weimar and a 1998 tour of the Baltic Sea to Russia, Finland and the Scandinavian countries. Critics noted “perfect complicity” and a “remarkable alchemy between rigor and freedom” in Dunoyer’s frequent chamber music collaborations. Dunoyer performs regularly as a soloist with orchestra in piano concertos ranging from Mozart to Ravel, Poulenc, Prokoﬁev and Gershwin.
Her expertise on French music has led to regular appearances at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. presenting series of lecture-recitals on Claude Debussy, Ravel, Francis Poulenc, and Erik Satie, but also on topics such as“1920’s Paris, “A Century of French Music,” etc.!!Cecilia Dunoyer is the author of Marguerite Long, A Life in French Music (Indiana University Press,1993), and simultaneously translated in French and released in Paris the same year (Editions Findakly). The book has received critical acclaim and an interview with Dunoyer was featured on “Performance Today” on National Public Radio and Radio-Canada, in Montreal. Yale University Press invited Dunoyer to contribute a chapter about early performances of Debussy’s piano music to be published in Debussy in Performance (Yale University Press, 2000). The book has been acclaimed in the London Literary Times.
An extraordinarily committed teacher with over thirty years of experience, Dunoyer has recently moved to the Boston area, after living in central Pennsylvania for three decades, where she had a successful private studio with students ranging from 10 to 80 years-old at all levels, as music knows no age boundaries. Most recently she has conducted master-classes in Argentina, where she is re-invited each year.
Cecilia Dunoyer grew up in Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France, and holds BM, MM degrees and a DMA in Piano Performance from the Universities of Michigan and Maryland. She is the mother of three children, and the mentor to many young and older adults with whom she shares her love of music, beauty and life – and a joyful pursuit of excellence.