Recognized as an imaginative and unusual performer with refined interpretations, Mathilde Handelsman is a concert pianist, poet, and educator from Paris, France.
Handelsman's career as a soloist and collaborator has led her to perform across Europe and the United States under conductors such as Thomas Adès, Stefan Asbury, Luigi Gaggero, Martin Gester, and Miguel Etchegoncelay. Highlights from recent and current seasons include chamber performances alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Nicolas Namoradze, and Stephen Drury at the Tanglewood Music Festival, as well as a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in May 2022. Her début solo album Images (Sheva Collection, 2020) features Claude Debussy’s complete piano works of 1903-1907. She is currently working toward a recording for Sono Luminus of solo works by Schumann and Knussen.
From 2020 to 2023, Dr. Handelsman headed the keyboard area at the University of New Hampshire, as a Lecturer in Piano Performance and Director of the Piano Extension Program. She previously served on the piano faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy and the Young Pianists Program at Indiana University. Dr. Handelsman is an active member of MTNA and serves as the Vice-President of Competitions for the New Hampshire division.
Handelsman’s work as a poet includes two published volumes, Pré-sage (2016) and L’Absurde Génie des fleurs (2017).
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"Sculpted touch and excellent musical judgment. Her approach, supple but subtle, lends this recording a magical aura.
"Debussy’s music proves the beneficiary of Handelsman’s touch and articulation... Handelsman deals with the brilliant writing with deftness and acuity."
"The strength of this first record certainly hints at more greatness on the horizon for this enormous talent. "
"Five selections from Hungarian Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok”were brilliantly played by TMC pianist Mathilde Handelsman and New England Conservatory faculty member Stephen Drury... with color and flair."
October 11, 2021
Interview with Classical Music Communications, in which Mathilde discusses the making and inspirations behind her Debussy album, "Images," and reflects on her time studying with Menahem Pressler.
New York Times (2019), in article about Tanglewood Music Festival.
Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France (2013)
Performance with Yo-Yo Ma, Tyringham, MA, August 2021
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