Terry Eder brings total involvement and interpretive insight to her performances with the aim of touching her audiences in a personal way. “A live performance should be a special event for the audience; they should departwith lasting, vivid impressions; music should affect us as life-affirming, a reminder that there is beauty to be shared.”
Born in Detroit of Eastern European heritage, Terry showed prodigious talent by age 4. At 16, she was awarded the Louise Smith Petersen Memorial Award and solo recital at the Detroit Art Institute and was a finalist in the Detroit Piano Technician’s Guild/Detroit Symphony concerto competition. Trained at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, Ms. Eder was also Associate Instructor at the latter conservatory. After earning her Master of Music with Distinction, Ms. Eder won a research grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board that sponsored her year-long residency at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. There Ms. Eder specialized in twentieth century piano music by Hungarian composers, working under the tutelage of Zoltán Kocsis. She immersed herself in Hungarian life and culture, learned to speak Hungarian, and developed a deep and natural understanding of this soulful music. Today she is recognized as an exceptional advocate of the music of Béla Bartók. She won the top Bartók prize in the 2008 IBLA Grand Prize and Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev competitions. Her CD of Bartók piano works has been released on MSR classics. Earlier releases include a disc of Dohnányi piano works on the Hungaroton label and a recital program, "Portrait" available at CD Baby.
Ms. Eder was selected through competitive auditions by Artists International Presentations to perform her New York solo recital début in 2004 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Artists International subsequently awarded Terry their Outstanding Alumni Award and Distinguished Alumni-Winners Award, resulting in her Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2006, and a recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2008. The critics lavished praise on these performances, describing her 2004 debut as “excellent…,” “perceptive…,” “sensitive, idiomatic…,” “clear, rhythmically secure and solid…,” “convincing and vigorous,” and “reminiscent of Annie Fischer’s way” (Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review Summer 2004). Her Lincoln Center recital impressed as a “fascinating performance full of life and risk” in which “those lucky souls were rewarded with an exceptional recital from an artist who transmits the music she plays with an entirely natural authority.” Ms. Eder was further described as “a big pianist with big ideas and a warmly engaging rapport” (Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review Summer 2006). Her Bartók performances at Zankel Hall were described as “mesmerizing” (Anthony Aibel, New York Concert Review Summer 2008), and Chamber Music Today described her Zankel Hall recital as “wonderful, inspired and inspiring” (2 June 2008).
Terry Eder’s repertoire encompasses much of the major piano literature, as well as seldom performed works of Bartók, Dohnányi, Kodály, and others. She has been recognized for her outstanding performances of Beethoven and Ravel, including 3 prizes awarded in Germany for Beethoven performances there, and a Ravel special mention at the 2008 IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Sicily. She is at home performing in a variety of settings, from the largest and most prestigious concert halls to small neighborhood events held in private homes, art galleries and churches. She has also been lauded as a lecturer, and has been invited to such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the New School University and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore.
Ms. Eder teaches in her independent studio in Manhattan. Also an attorney, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Leschetizky Association since 2008, and has lent her expertise to human rights and musical organizations.