London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, which has taken him to more than forty countries.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds eighty works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the Aarhus, American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony orchestras; the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Kanazawa Ensemble, Orchestre National de France, City of London Sinfonia, and the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras among others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jerzy Maxymiuk, Maxim Shostakovich, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit. His 2007 performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Pietari Inkinen received the Limelight Magazine Award for Best Orchestral Performance in Australia.
Highlights of the past few years have included a sold-out performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Alexander Verdernikov at London’s Royal Festival Hall, concerto performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, a three-recital series entitled 'Metamorphoses' and other performances for the London Pianoforte series at Wigmore Hall and five concerts for the opening of the Recital Centre in Melbourne.
Festival appearances have included, among others, Aldeburgh, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Consonances, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdroj, Mallorca and Paris.
In 2007, Piers Lane was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. In 2009 and 2010, the Festival received the Limelight Magazine Award for Best Event/Festival in Australia. He is also Artistic Director of the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London. In 2009, he collaborated with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s work throughout World War 11. This performance is being repeated at many festivals and theatres during the next couple of years.
Highlights of 2011 included three performances at the Wigmore Hall, tours throughout the UK, four concert trips to Australia, and to France, Germany, the USA, Korea, Portugal and New Zealand. In 2010, Piers Lane gave several performances of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes in London, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and in Canada. These continued in 2011 at Sydney’s Angel Place Recital Hall and at Melbourne’s Recital Hall. In December 2011, he performed the monumental Piano Concerto by Busoni at Carnegie Hall.
His extensive discography includes, on the Hyperion label, much admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Etudes by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of concert etudes by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. His recordings of Eugen d’Albert’s solo piano music and Delius’s violin sonatas with Tasmin Little were both nominated for Gramophone Awards. Recent releases include the Piano Quintets by Bloch, Bridge and Dvorak, all with the Goldner String Quartet. The Piano Quintet and the premieres of four solo salon pieces by Elgar are due for release. 2010 saw releases of d’Albert’s transcriptions of Bach organ works and a disc with clarinettist Michael Collins for Chandos. He has also recorded for the ABC Classics, BMG, Classics for Pleasure, Decca, EMI Eminence, Lyrita and Unicorn-Khanchana labels.
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