Nancy Bricard

Nancy Bricard is a San Franciscan with French overtones; an American soloist who has achieved prominence at home and abroad. For six years she resided in France where her studies with Marcel Ciampi, professor at the National Conservatory in Paris, greatly enhanced her unique understanding of French music for the piano. Her previous training in piano was with Lillian Steuber and John Crown at the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in music.

Ms. Bricard's artistry in performances as a recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles have won her notable recognition in Europe and North America. She has also recorded and performed for radio and television.

Professor Bricard has taught in international symposia, chamber music workshops and master classes. She is a frequent lecturer and essayist on the French keyboard repertoire, the French School of piano technique and the psychological problems of performing musicians. Research and teaching interests in these psychological issues relating to performance have led to the publication of important professional papers and articles on this subject. In 1990, Alfred Publishing Company released her edition of Gaspard de la Nuit, the highly acclaimed and first ever to be published critical edition of Ravel’s twentieth century masterpiece. This was followed by performance editions of Ravel’s Miroirs (1993) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (1996).

Nancy Bricard is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Keyboard Studies Department at the University of Southern California School of Music.