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.
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.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hammer Hall, Melbourne)
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane added a superb mixture of poetry and drama to his crystalline pianism, Davis ensuring that the orchestra delivered the music’s often ebullient sophistication lightly. An encore of Beethoven refracted through the lens of Dudley Moore provided cheeky wit.
A real rarity from Hyperion’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Howard Shelley conducts the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Piers Lane (piano)
Piers Lane Goes to Town
Piers Lane features in a twentieth century album of encores, party pieces and rarities
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)
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