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Lane, Piers (piano)
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Piers Lane (piano)

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career that has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights of the past few years include a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall for a performance of the massive piano concerto by Busoni, the premieres of Carl Vine’s second piano concerto with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic orchestras, concerto performances at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, and annual solo recitals for the London Pianoforte Series at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds 100 works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras, working with conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Brett Dean. Festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath Mostly Mozart, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, La Roque d’Anthéron, Rockport, Seattle, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdrój, Mallorca and Paris.

His extensive discography for Hyperion includes much-admired recordings of rare romantic piano concertos, including his 2018 release of Ferdinand Ries’s eighth and ninth piano concertos with The Orchestra Now, the complete Malcolm Williamson piano concertos, the complete preludes and études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Johann Strauss, along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. He has also recorded eleven volumes of piano quintets with the Goldner String Quartet.

Piers Lane is in great demand as a collaborative artist, and he continues his long-standing partnerships with the Goldner String Quartet, violinist Tasmin Little and cellist Zuill Bailey. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular fifty-four-part series The Piano.

He is Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition. He was Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2006 to 2017, and from 2006 to 2013 he also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London. In 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, where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007. Piers holds Honorary Doctorates from two Australian universities: Griffith and James Cook.


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