Friday, 21 August, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Louise Costigan-Kerns

Louise Costigan-Kerns has released three solo CDs and concertized both internationally and in the Bay Area, where she’s appeared with the Redwood Symphony and the Palo Alto Philharmonic.



Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Préludes, Book II
3. La Puerta del Vino (The wine port of the Alhambra)
4. “Les Fées sont d’exquises danseuses” (The fairies are exquisite dancers)
5. Bruyere (Heather)
6. “General Lavine” — eccentric (An American clown popular in Debussy’s time)
12. Feux d’Artifice (Fireworks)

Earl Wild (1915-2010)
Seven Virtuoso Études (on popular songs by Gershwin)
No. 3, “The Man I Love”
No. 6, “I Got Rhythm”

H. Leslie Adams (1932-)
Twenty-six Études for Solo Piano, Part II
10. F minor (2001)
14. Final Etude (2015)

About the artist

Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, collaborative pianist and conductor. Her concerts have been reviewed as “inspiring and technically amazing performances.”

Ms. Costigan-Kerns began studying the piano at age two and a half with her mother, Beatrice Costigan, in Blairmore, Alberta, Canada. At age five she gave her first public recital and began competing in Alberta Music Festivals, where she was a consistent winner through high school. Ms. Costigan-Kerns attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Artist in Residence at Brandeis University and was the Founding Director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio.

In the San Francisco Bay Area Ms. Costigan-Kerns has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Symphony. She is a voice/opera coach and recital pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Senior Lecturer in the Musical Arts department at Notre Dame de Namur University.

Ms. Costigan-Kerns is active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. Her Bay Area solo performances with orchestra include performances with The Redwood Symphony, Winchester Orchestra, The Palo Alto Philharmonic and the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Costigan-Kerns’ first solo piano CD “My Favorite Performances,” was released in 2004. “Piano With Passion,” her second CD, was released in 2007 and “Into the Light,” her third CD, was released in 2011. All are available on iTunes and She can be seen performing Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Harrison on YouTube. You can follow Ms. Costigan-Kerns on Spotify.

Louise Costigan-Kerns at Spotify