Contemporary Music

“I play contemporary music as if I were playing Chopin, that is, infusing it with feeling and intensity; sometimes more violent or jagged, but never purely intellectual. The challenge for me is to master the unfamiliar musical vocabulary and find the musical impetus that links it with all musical experience, and then I find if I understand it, the public will too.” —L.B.

Brandwynne is a known enthusiast of contemporary music, having premiered and performed works by American composers such as Leon Kirchner, Andrew Frank, and Andrew Imbrie. She was applauded for her performances of her compatriots in London's Wigmore Hall by The Times, “…her interpretations were invariably musical.”

Lois BrandwynneIn March of ’05, Ms. Brandwynne gave a solo recital in New York City at Merkin Hall, where she was joined by ’cellist Bonnie Hampton (formerly of The Francesco Trio) for several works, including New York premiers by Andrew Imbrie, Therese Brenet, and Elinor Armer, as well as works by Darius Milhaud.

The San Francisco Classical Voice critic wrote of “Etude Quasi Cadenza” (written in ’06 by Elinor Armer), “…a brilliant solo piece played with commanding bravura by Lois Brandwynne.” [Listen to 2007 performance of Etude Quasi Cadenza, Elinor Armer]

She will give the first performance of a piano concerto written for her by Bay Area composer Ms. Armer on October 6, 2008 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.