Piers Lane

Piers Lane

PIANO

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Overview

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto activities. His concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including 5 performances at the BBC Proms. His regular chamber music collaborators include the Goldner String Quartet, violinist Tasmin Little, and cellist Zuill Bailey. Piers is currently the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and was the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music for ten years until 2017.  He has a discography of over 50 CDs, spanning a repertoire from Bach to Scriabin and Williamson. His most recent concerto disc for Hyperion features piano concerti by Ferdinand Ries, Beethoven’s contemporary and friend.

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Full Biography

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a worldwide reputation as an engaging, searching and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds one hundred 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 have included Aldeburgh, Seattle, Bard, Bath Mostly Mozart, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, La Roque d’Anthéron, Rockport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdrój, Mallorca and Paris.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Sir Andrew Davis’ final concerts as its Chief Conductor, a Musica Viva national tour of Australia with the Goldner String Quartet, appearances at several US festivals, including Bard Music, a March recital at Wigmore Hall, and duo performances with violinist Tasmin Little throughout the UK.

In recent seasons Piers Lane performed three concerti at Carnegie Hall, and world premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto and Double Piano Concerto Implacable Gifts, both written for him.

His extensive discography for Hyperion includes much admired recordings of rare romantic piano concertos, including his 2018 release of Ferdinand Ries’ piano concertos Nos. 8 and 9 with The Orchestra Now, the complete Malcolm Williamson piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Etudes by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of Concert Etudes by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. He has also recorded eleven volumes of piano quintets with the Goldner String Quartet. Awaiting release are concertos by Bliss, Rubbra and Bax, and a third volume of British sonatas with Tasmin Little.

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, cellist Zuill Bailey, and actress Dame Patricia Routledge. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series The Piano.

Piers Lane 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.

Artist Website: www.pierslane.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Millie Carden

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News

Art Music Awards 2019

August 21st, 2019

Implacable Gifts wins Orchestral Work of the Year.

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Lane Returns to Wigmore Hall

January 31st, 2019

Performing Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

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Piers Lane in Australia

June 3rd, 2016

Three months of Chopin by Candlelight, Sydney International Piano Competition and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

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Piers Lane appointed Artistic Director of the SIPCA, 2016

April 8th, 2015

Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia appoints new Artistic Director

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Discography & Repertoire

Piers Lane Goes to Town

Piers Lane features in a twentieth century album of encores, party pieces and rarities

HYPERION (2013)

Eugen d’Albert – SOLO PIANO MUSIC

Includes Acht Klavierstücke Op. 5, Capriolen Op. 32, Sonata in F# Minor Op. 10 and Klavierstücke Op. 16 with Piers Lane (piano)

HYPERION (2013)

Sir Hamilton Harty – PIANO QUINTET

Piers Lane (piano) and the Goldner Quartet in the world premiere recording of the two String Quartets and Piano Quintet

HYPERION (2012)

Artist Manager

Sibylle Jackson (Cambridge)
sibylle.jackson@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706418

Assistant Artist Manager

Millie Carden (Cambridge)
millie.carden@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706027