PROGRAM

CHOPIN: Nocturnes
Op. 9, 15, 27, 32, 37
Op. 48, 55, 62
Posthumous: Op. 72 in E minor, Op. posth. in C minor, No. 20 in C-sharp minor (Lento con gran espressione)

Pianist Piers Lane presents a complete performance of Chopin’s Nocturnes in a beautifully set stage lit by candlelight.  Lane shares that “Chopin remains unsurpassed as a composer for the piano. He knew how to make the instrument sing at its lyrical best.”

 PIERS LANE, piano

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire.  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, and the Royal Philharmonic, among many others.

"No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance." -Gramophone

Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. He was the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2007 until 2017 and also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London from its inception in 2006 until 2013. From this sprang his collaboration with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s work throughout the Second World War. This show, entitled “Admission: One Shilling”, has been performed over 70 times, throughout the UK at many festivals and theatres and recently throughout Australia and Belgium.

Many composers have written for him and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson. Piers is in great demand as a collaborative artist. He continues his longstanding partnership with violinist Tasmin Little, clarinettist Michael Collins and the Goldner String Quartet, and has performed extensively with singers Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Yvonne Kenny, and Markus Schäfer.  Piers Lane has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series, The Piano. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University, Brisbane, and James Cook University, Townsville.

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