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27/07 - 04/08/2018

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2017 Festival Artists


Piers Lane


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London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane AO is in great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist. Recent highlights include performances of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto, Frank Bridge’s Phantasm and Ferdinand Ries’s eighth concerto at Carnegie Hall; premieres of Carl Vine’s second piano concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic; and sold out performances at Wigmore Hall. In 2017 his Australian appearances include Rachmaninoff 3 with the Sydney Symphony, Ireland with the Melbourne Symphony and Moszkovski and Litolff with the Queensland Symphony, he visits the USA three times, appears at the Wigmore Hall three times, and plays throughout the UK and in Greece, New Zealand and Russia.

Five times soloist at the Proms, his concerto repertoire of over one hundred works has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the BBC and Australian major orchestras, the American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras among others.

He has performed regularly at prestigious festivals: Aldeburgh, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Consonances, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum, Storioni and Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdroj, Mallorca and Paris among them. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and is the current Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

He has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, a Franck and Szymanowski disc and the complete Brahms sonatas with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet. Many composers have written for him and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson. He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3; holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University; and in 1994 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music,where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007.

He is President of the European Piano Teachers Association UK and Patron of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Old Granary Studio in Norfolk, the Tait Memorial Trust in London, the Youth Music Foundation of Australia, the Music Teachers Association and The Accompanists Guild in Queensland. He is a Trustee of the Hattori Foundation in London and Vice-President of Putney Music Club. In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).
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