TACA Classical Music Concert Series
T.A.C.A. is pleased to present a wonderful musical program for all of you. Please join us for a delightful piano and cello program performed by two talented artists: Ms. Elif Allenfort and Mr. Alexandre Debrus.
Ms. Elif Allenfort, Pianist
A Native of Turkey, Elif Allenfort demonstrated her substantial musical talent at an early age. She began her lifelong study of piano at the age of seven. Her precocious talent earned her early admission to the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in Ankara at the age of nine. Her first major performance was a concert with the symphony orchestra in Ankara, playing Mozart Piano Concerto K. 488; she was 13 years old. During her decade studying at the Ankara Conservatory, Ms. Allenfort performed throughout Turkey, appearing on stage, radio and on television. She graduated from Ankara Conservatory in 1993, earning the rare honor of being the top graduate in the conservatory and the University at large. Her accomplishments at the conservatory also earned her the distinguished “Ihsan Dogramaci Highest Artistic Achievement” award. She was one of the youngest graduates ever from Ankara State Conservatory at age 19, having finished her studies one year ahead of the usual time.
After graduation, Ms. Allenfort continued her education at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium, and later at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Musical College.
Upon moving to the United States in 1996, she received multiple scholarships to study at Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College. She completed her Master’s Degree with honors, and was immediately admitted to Roosevelt’s Artist Diploma program where she obtained her post-graduate degree.
An active chamber and solo performer, Ms. Allenfort has continued to develop her performance career through a regular schedule of recitals, orchestral appearances, special engagements and collaborative efforts with notable Chicago musicians.
Ms. Allenfort taught at the Metropolis School of Performing Arts, where she was the Head of the Piano Department for nearly a decade. In addition to her performance career, Ms. Allenfort currently manages the Elif Allenfort Piano Studio in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. She is also on the faculty of Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago.
Mr. Alexandre Debrus, Cellist
Born in 1976, into a family of musicians, Alexandre Debrus, at the age of three, received his first violin lesson from his uncle (a composer and violinist) and at the age of four started to play the cello under the guidance of his mother.
At the age of twelve, he gave his first cello concert and when sixteen he was admitted to the class of Luc Dewez at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Mons. After graduation at the age of nineteen he completed his musical studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical College. He also studied with Mischa Maisky and Marc Drobinsky at the Chigiana Academy of Siena, where he earned awards and scholarships. He worked with Marc Drobinsky in Paris and with Yvan Monighetti at the “Musikhochschule” in Basel.
He has performed in numerous concerts in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, Italy, Spain, Greece, the United States, Russia, Argentina, Israel, Japan and in China.
His musicality and virtuosity have inspired composers as different as Robert Janssens and Sébastien Lienart from Belgium, the Hungarian Laszlo Kiraly, the American James Demars, the Belgo-Canadian Michel Lysight and the French Composer Alain Jomy who has dedicated several works to him.
He has recorded twenty one CD’s as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles under different labels, such as Pavane Records, EMI Classics, RCA Victor Red Seal (BMG), Artès Classics, Warner Classics.
He recently recorded the Johann Sebastian Bach Six Cello Suites and the Trios 1 & 2 to Felix Mendelssohn with the Trio Carlo Van Neste, always under the Pavane Records label