Elaine Greenfield

Elaine Greenfield is a widely acclaimed pianist, recognized internationally for her performances, recordings, and teaching, with a distinguished career as soloist/lecture recitalist, and collaborative artist. She has received rave reviews from The New York Times for performances at Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls; and nationally for performances at the Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum; plus, university and community concert series coast to coast. She has been televised and broadcast over national and international radio, including the BBC, NPR, WGBH, WNYC, WAMC, WVPR, and KBAQ. Elaine was a founder of VT Contemporary Music Ensemble, and toured for two decades with Philadelphia flutist & NY Concert Artist Guild winner, Pamela Guidetti. She directs Greenfield Piano Associates, an educational organization dedicated to the art of piano playing, and is an internationally known educator and clinician. 1996 marked her first of several performances at the Historical Piano Study Center of the E. Michael Frederick Collection, Ashburnham MA, where she subsequently engaged in three extensive recording projects. Clavier magazine, and others, lauded her 2004 album release Debussy Preludes, Bks.1 & 2. 

Greenfield’s performances on the two-CD set are impeccable…how this music was meant to sound…” — Philippa Kiraly, Clavier Magazine / Dec. 2005

“Alluring pedal effects sustain Greenfield’s leisurely spacing of slower pieces… She meets technical challenges with no effort…” — Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

One of the most gripping performances of Debussy Preludes ever recorded… passionate interpretations—fabulous playing…” — James Leonard, Allmusic.com

Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson, as the TRANSCONTINENTAL PIANO DUO, have performed on community and university series nationwide. Their recording French Four-Hands with the Elegant Erard was released in 2013. It marked Eliane Greenfield’s second recording venture at the Frederick Collection. In RAVEL COMPARED, her third project at the Collection, she performs identical selections on two contrasting instruments: Michael Frederick’s 1893 French Erard, and a rare 1917 Ivers & Pond Parlor Concert Grand, residing in Syracuse NY.  With this recording Eliane Greenfield hopes to add insights and shed light on Ravel’s musical intentions and incomparable sound.  www.elainegreenfield.com   www.transcontinentalpianoduo.com


Ravel Compared

Release Date: April 1, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6401
20th Century
Solo Instrumental
Acclaimed pianist Elaine Greenfield dazzles with originality, virtuosity and exuberant tone richness on her album RAVEL COMPARED on Navona Records. The French composer's works are brilliantly analyzed and brought to novel clarity with Greenfield's ingenious idea of recording the same repertoire twice, on two very different pianos – and juxtaposing them on this two-disc album. The first disc presents Ravel's music on an 1893 Erard from Paris, the same make and model as the composer's personal piano, from which Greenfield coaxes a mellow, full-bodied tone with an almost liquid quality. This rendition is contrasted with a second on an American Ivers & Pond parlor concert grand from 1917, brightly highlighting Ravel's idiosyncratic harmonies with modern, almost contemporary exactitude. Put together, RAVEL COMPARED palpably illustrates the depth of both Greenfield's skill as a performer as well as Ravel's aptitude as a composer – as lively and vivid as perhaps never before.