Celebrity Piano Recital - Piers Lane plays Chopin

Published: 1 April 2009 at 16:07

Friday 8 May @ 1.10pm Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

On Friday 8 May, as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s diverse Spring Arts Programme, celebrity pianist Piers Lane will perform a recital of Nocturnes by Frederic Chopin at the Mumford Theatre, East Road, Cambridge.

The London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career which has taken him to more than forty countries. In the past few years, his engagements have included concerto performances at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, a three-recital series called Metamorphoses at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the opening recital of the Sydney International Piano Competition.  He tours annually in Australia and New Zealand and in 2007 his performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Queensland Orchestra received the Limelight Magazine Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane's concerto repertoire exceeds 80 works. He has performed with all the ABC and BBC orchestras amongst many others, and in recent years he has worked with leading conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Maxim Shostakovich, Vassily Sinaisky and Yan Pascal Tortelier.  Piers Lane is also in great demand as a chamber music player and continues his long-standing partnership with British violinist Tasmin Little.

Other recent collaborations have included Musica Viva tours with soprano Cheryl Barker, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and violist/composer Brett Dean, performances with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg in Malmö, Stockholm and the Bergen Festival.

Piers Lane is the Artistic Director of the Myra Hess Day held annually at the National Gallery in London and in 2007 he was appointed the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Recent appointments also include Artistic Director of the Bloch Festival to be held at the Wigmore Hall in 2009.  His extensive discography includes the new release of the Piano Concerto by William Busch on the Lyrita label and, from Hyperion, Piano Quintet by Bloch with Australia’s Goldner String Quartet, an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and Record of the Month in BBC Music Magazine (2008). Piers has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series The Piano.