John Lill will play
Sonata in F K332 Mozart
Sonata in C major Opus 53 (Waldstein) Beethoven
Ballade No 4 in F minor Opus 52 Chopin
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel Opus 24 Brahms
John Lill, photo by Sophie Baker
Arguably Britain's most well known pianist who has recently celebrated his 60th birthday with a series of concerts throughout the UK, John Lill first came to international attention when he won the coveted Tchaikovsky award in Moscow in 1970. Known for his aristocratic interpretations of Beethoven and the great masters of the nineteenth and twentieth century piano repertoire, he performs all over the world and was awarded a CBE in the 2005 New Year's Honours List, having been awarded the OBE in 1977.
John Lill's concert career spans over fifty years. His rare talent emerged at an early age - he gave his first piano recital at the age of nine. At eighteen he performed Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, followed by his much-acclaimed London debut playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. His success was reflected in many prestigious international prizes and awards, and in 1970 he won the most coveted of these, the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, further consolidating his already busy international concert schedule.
Unanimously described as the leading British pianist of his generation, John Lill's career has taken him to over fifty countries, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras. He regularly performs in all the European capitals (including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna), Russia, the Far East, Australasia, (including several ABC tours) and he is a frequent visitor to the United States, where he has worked with the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Boston Symphony, Washington and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.
Most recently John Lill has performed with, among others, the Indianapolis, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Royal Stockholm, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and gave recitals throughout the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. His 2009-10 season includes a return to the Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee, Hallé, Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony and a recital at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the IPS series.
John Lill has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI (Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with RSNO and Gibson), ASV (both Brahms Concertos with the Hallé and Loughran) plus the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Pickwick Records (Tchaikovsky l with the LSO and Judd). More recently he has recorded the complete Prokofiev sonatas with ASV and his recent recording of the complete Beethoven Bagatelles and Piano Concertos with the CBSO and Weller is available on Chandos. He recorded Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy on a Theme of John Field (dedicated to John Lill) with RPO and Handley for Conifer and the complete Rachmaninov Concertos and major solo piano works for Nimbus Records. His most recent recording projects have been the 60th birthday release of piano works by Schumann on the Classics for Pleasure label and 2 new releases for Signum records of Schumann and Brahms and Haydn Piano Sonatas.
John Lill has been awarded eight Honorary Doctorates from British universities as well as several Fellowships from the leading musical colleges and academies. He lives in London.
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