Piers Lane, Piano

“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.” ★★★★ Tony Way, The Age, November 24th 2019



Biography

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s secondPiano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, PiersLane’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 Antoni Wit.

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

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 actressPatricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s workthroughout the Second World War. This show, entitled “Admission: One Shilling”, has beenperformed over 70 times, throughout the UK at many festivals and theatres and recently throughout Australia and Belgium.

Piers has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Faure and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.

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.

He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3; holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University; and in 1994 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007.

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s secondPiano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, PiersLane’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 Antoni Wit.

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

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 actressPatricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s workthroughout the Second World War. This show, entitled “Admission: One Shilling”, has beenperformed over 70 times, throughout the UK at many festivals and theatres and recently throughout Australia and Belgium.

Piers has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Faure and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.

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.

He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3; holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University; and in 1994 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007.

Reviews

PIERS LANE PLAYS BEETHOVEN ★★★★ Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Hamer Hall, November 22-25 “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.”

Tony Way, The Age, November 24th 2019

A True Collaboration Between Tasmin Little and Piers Lane "Whether it was the delicacy of the piano’s tremolandos at the start of the Andante moderato, the precision of Lane’s trills supporting Little’s lied-like melody, or the dancing staccatos of the two instruments as they raced each other in canon in the Allegretto, each mood and manner was precisely defined. Racing scales, octave leaps, hopping string crossings: all were immaculately played. This was a true collaboration, and the duo displayed sustained like-mindedness as they moved seamlessly through Schubert’s complex structure with persuasiveness and poise. An injection of tension with the return of the opening material showed their appreciation of the work’s innate drama, and their shared enjoyment as they stormed through the concluding Presto was obvious."

Seen & Heard International, Claire Seymour, January 11th 2019,

Piers Lane celebrated his 60th birthday with a sell-out piano recital that showcased his formidable technique and brilliant memory. Piers Lane, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday with a sell-out piano recital at the Wigmore Hall, came to London from Australia four decades ago. And fortunately for us he never left. "Lane has a formidable technique, a remarkable memory and sophisticated interpretative insights, all of which were brought to bear on music that, for the most part, eschewed the romantic stuff for which he is best known in favour of more classical pieces."

Daily Mail, David Mellor, 13 January 2018

Review: Rachmaninoff on Fire (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) ***** (5 Star) Brett Dean and Piers Lane set the concert hall ablaze. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House October 18, 2017 "The technical challenges were water off a duck’s back for Lane, however, who brought a deft, firm-yet-agile touch to the Concerto, but also a beautiful sense of the work’s architecture. He teased melodies out of the virtuosic storm of notes with precise clarity, masterfully weaving them into a larger tapestry, throwing the heavier late Romantic pianism into stark relief with sweetly sculpted lighter moments. ....They roared as Lane sat down for an encore, Moritz Moszkowski’s rippling Étincelles Op. 36 No 6 (also a favourite of Horowitz) aptly, for this concert, titled Sparks."

Limelight, Angus McPherson on October 19, 2017