About The concert
Legendary UK-Based Australian pianist Piers Lane spoils Canberra audiences with a stunning program of treasures by piano composer giants Rachmaninov and Chopin.
“No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane…superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance.” GRAMOPHONE UK.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Piers Lane has a worldwide reputation as an engaging, searching and highly versatile performer. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the 54-part series “The Piano”, and at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts.
In 1994 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music London, and is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition.
In the wake of his recent Wigmore Hall London and Carnegie Hall New York solo recitals, Australia’s own legendary piano Godfather plays the second concert in the esteemed Snow Concert Hall International Series.
Prelude in C# minor Op. 3 No.2
Prelude in F# minor, Op.23 No.1
Prelude D major Op. 23 No. 4
Prelude Eb major Op. 23 No. 6
Prelude Ab major Op. 23 No. 8
Prelude Gb major Op. 23 No. 10
Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22
* Interval *
From the ballets Chopiniana and Les Sylphides
Nocturne in F Op. 15 No. 1
Mazurka in C# minor Op. 50 No.3
Nocturne in Ab Op. 32 No.2
Waltz in Gb Op. 70 No.1
Mazurka in D Op. 33 No.2
Mazurka in C Op. 67 No.3
Tarantella in Ab Op.43
Prelude in A Op.28 No.7
Waltz in C# minor Op.64
No.2 Grande Valse Brilliant in Eb Op.18
About Piers Lane
“No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance.” Bryce Morrison, Gramophone
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a worldwide reputation as an engaging, searching and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds one hundred works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras, working recently with conductors like Sir Andrew Davis, Vassily Sinaisky, Gerard Schwartz and Brett Dean. Festival appearances have included Aldeburgh, Bard, Bath Mostly Mozart, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Prague Spring, Rockport, La Roque d’Anthéron, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum, Seattle and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdrój, Mallorca and Paris.
Highlights of 2022 include two Wigmore Hall solo recitals, a performance of the mighty Busoni Concerto at the Bard Festival New York, an Australian tour with the Maltese tenor Josef Calleja, appearances for series and festivals in Australia, the Czech Republic, India, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA. In 2015 Piers Lane was appointed Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition and is responsible for initiatives like the 2021 Online Piano Competition, the Piano Lovers’ Competition for amateur Australian pianists and Composing the Future, a competition to help Australian composers during covid times.
He is a popular judge at piano competitions and in 2021 judged the Menuhin International Violin Competition.
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