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Guest Musicians 2017

Piers Lane

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London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds 90 works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. Highlights of the past season included performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze, and a return to the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. He also gave over thirty performances in Australia, and performed throughout the UK, and in France and Belgium. Forthcoming highlights include performances at the Wimbledon Festival, at Carnegie Hall with the newly formed The Orchestra Now, and an extensive recital tour of Australia.

Piers Lane has a discography of over 50 CDs, includes much admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saens, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. Recent recordings have included a solo recording, Piers Lane goes to Town, concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and sonatas with violinist Tasmin Little.

Piers Lane is Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to music.  

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