A native of Verviers, of which she is an honorary citizen, Eliane Reyes was first trained by her mother, Jeanine Gillard, and gave her first recital at the age of five. She then studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, then at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Hans Leygraf, at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven with Alan Weiss and at the CNSM in Paris with Michel Beroff, Brigitte Engerer and Jacques Rouvier. As a prolific musician, she was supported by the Rheinold Blüthner, Spes, Sir Georg Solti and Vocatio foundations.
In 1988 she was awarded a prize from the Cziffra Foundation (Senlis, France), and in the same year she performed at the Tibor Varga Festival (Sion, Switzerland), under the direction of Sergiu Commissiona and with the orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Her meeting with Martha Argerich at the age of 14 marked a decisive step in her life as a musician.
A winner of numerous international competitions, she has built up a career as a soloist and chamber musician over the years with equal ease and taste. Her concerts are unanimously acclaimed by the critics and praised by the public.
Eliane Reyes plays under the direction of the greatest conductors such as Rudolph Barshai, Roberto Benzi, Lionel Bringuier, Jan Cayaers, Sergiu Commissionna, René Defossez, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Jacques Lacombe, Martin Lebel, Grant Llewellyn, Elena Schwarz, Gilbert Varga, Tibor Varga, André Vandernoot and Rudolf Werthen.
Her discography is rich with recordings of F. Chopin – her signature composer, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, D. Milhaud, A. Tansman, B. Godard, N. Bacri, and other great masters. For these she has received numerous awards such as: Pianiste maestro (Pianiste), Ring (Classic info), Joker (Crescendo), Diapason, Supersonic (Pizzicato), Gouden Labels (Klassiek Centraal), and the Golden Key of Resmusica for her solo recording of A. Tansman’s 24 Intermezzi.
Eliane was nominated three times for the International Classical Music Awards and was awarded the ‘Octave’ for classical music in Belgium for her entire career.