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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 which has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights of the past few years have included a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall for 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 Avery Fisher Hall, a three-recital series entitled Metamorphoses and other performances for the London Pianoforte series at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras, working with conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Maxim Shostakovich, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit. Festival appearances have included Aldeburgh, Bath Mostly Mozart, 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-Zdrój, Mallorca and Paris.

His extensive discography for Hyperion includes much-admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Malcolm Williamson piano concertos, the complete preludes and études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. He has also recorded piano quintets by Arensky, Bloch, Bridge, Bruch, Dvořák, Elgar, Harty, Pierné and Taneyev with the Goldner String Quartet.

Piers Lane is in great demand as a collaborative artist, and he continues his long-standing partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little and clarinettist Michael Collins. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series The Piano. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and is Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition. From 2006 to 2013 he also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London.

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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