Quite a buzz has been created around the three months that Piers Lane is spending down under. Australian born, London based pianist Piers Lane has just completed a recital tour performing the works of Chopin by candlelight across Australia. Having performed in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide the tour also took Piers to smaller towns such as Frankston, Bendigo and Orange. Returning to Sydney this week, Piers Lane begins preparations as Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition which starts on 6 July with a gala concert. Having listened to a record number of applicants, 283, Piers will be joined by nine other jurors to hear the 32 competitors live in Sydney. Piers is quoted in Limelight Magazine: “The standard of piano playing in the world is at an all-time high and the Sydney audience is in for a treat. There are many more than 32 who could have competed admirably in the Competition, so we wish all those who made it in the best with their preparations.”

Piers will finish his time in Australia in Townsville at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music where he is Artistic Director.  Performances include the Szymanowski Violin Sonata with Tasmin Little, Schubert’s ‘Last Waltzes’ and an arrangement of Brubeck’s Points on Jazz for two pianos with Finghin Collins.

Finally before returning the UK Piers heads to New Zealand to perform the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.