Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Amira Acre is excited to be making her second Historical Piano Concerts appearance, this time on the 1877 Erard.
A native of Montreal, she began her piano studies at the age of three. At four she had her first professional engagement on the radio, and at five she won her first piano competition. She studied with Abbey Simon at the Juilliard School, in New York City, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees, and later returned to the US to earn her doctorate in piano performance at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In Canada, she taught and performed both solo and chamber music. In both nations her concerts were well received: "This is a pianist who adores the instrument and who demands we listen to her ideas... a real talent and a name to remember." (The Montreal Gazette) "Expertise and grace... Deftly illuminating interpretations and quite exciting". (NY Times)
She has been the recipient of many scholarships and awards including three Canada Council Grants and Fellowships to Tanglewood, Fountainebleau, and Banff. She was awarded full tuition scholarships at Juilliard from the William Petschek Piano Fund. She has won scholarships from La Fondation des Amies de l'Art. She has received the first prize at the Artists International Auditions in New York and was a winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra competition.
Ms. Acre gave her New York debut in 1984 at Carnegie Recital Hall, which led to many engagements across Canada and the United States. She has performed in France, England, Belgium, Italy and several other countries across Europe. Besides performing internationally as a solo artist, Ms. Acre is a distinguished chamber musician and has performed in that role numerous times at Lincoln Center in New York City as well as in many music festivals in North America and in Europe.
After being focused on music from the age of three, she turned to focus on raising her children, her surviving triplet daughters and a younger son. She is now reigniting her career and sharing her love for the piano, happily claiming, "I'm back!"
Amira’s playing can be heard online with several performances posted on YouTube, including the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2, recorded at Jordan Hall in Boston.
Amira resides in Massachusetts with her family and Jace, the shepadoodle.