Over the years our musical director Mr Guy Barrett has engaged with the best Piano virtuosos in the recital industry. Here are just a few of our guest artists.

Simon Trpceski

Performance Details: Tuesday 3rd July 2018, Space Theatre

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Grieg
Mendelssohn Songs without words – selection

Having electrified audiences around the world, one of the world’s most exciting young pianists joins the International Piano Series for a performance of searing intensity and amazing artistry. Making his name with fresh interpretations of even the most well-worn work, Trpceski brings a brand new repertoire of Grieg, Mendelsohn and Rimsky-Korsakov for this 14thanniversary series. His uninhibited musicality is matched by a warm personality which he shares both on and off the stage.

 ‘Trpceski’s Valses nobles et sentimentales have much to recommend them… whether capturing evanescent wistfulness, unselfconscious frolic or the heady intoxication of the dance, Trpceski imbues these Valseswith an unmistakably Parisian air.’ Gramophone

Steven Osborne

Performance Details Sunday5th August 2018, 7.30pm, UKARIA Cultural Centre, Mt Barker Springs

Prokofiev Sonata No. 8
Debussy Estampes
Promofiev Sonata No. 6
Debussy Images book 2

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residences at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, the Bath International Music Festival and most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are a testament to the breadth of his interests and the respec the commands.

Summer 2017 saw Steven Osborne give the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Piano Concerto “The Imaginary Museum” in his fourteenth performance at the Proms. A long-time admirer of Osborne’s playing,Anderson wrote the piece for and dedicated it to him, and 17/18 sees further performances with the co-commissioners Bergen Philharmonic/Ed Gardner and Sydney Symphony/Ludovic Morlot. Reflecting his eclectic musical taste, the current season includes concertos ranging from Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart to Britten, Falla, Messiaen, Shostakovich and Tippett.

“Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both,which lent the whole evening a miraculous air… every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence” The Daily Telegraph, 8 Feb 2016

Paul Lewis

Performance Details Saturday22nd September 2018, 7pm, Space Theatre

Haydn Piano Sonata in E flat major Hob XVI/49
HaydnPiano Sonata in B minor Hob XVI/32
Beethoven Eleven Bagatelles op. 11
Brahms 4 Klavierstucke op.119

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia MusicaleChigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016Queen’s Birthday Honours. Paul Lewis’s recital career takes him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is also a frequent guest at the some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season.     

Piers Lane

Performance Details Friday19th October, 7pm, Space Theatre

Chopin/Balakirev Romanze
Bach Preludes and Fugues Book 1 in C# major and Bb mino
Scarlatti Sonatas in B minor and G major
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op 22
Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op 57 (Appassionata) INTERVAL

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras;the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, City of London Sinfonia, and the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marko Letonja, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and AntoniWit.

He frequently performs at prestigious festivals: Aldeburgh, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Consonances,Huntington, La Roque d’Antheron, Newport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavier festival, Raritaten der Klaviermusik at Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdroj, Mallorca and Paris, among them.

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