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Piers Lane and Queensland Symphony Orchestra mark 40 years of extraordinary music

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Globally-famed pianist Piers Lane comes home to celebrate 40-year anniversary with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. Most recently, he has performed Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premiered Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with Sydney Symphony and London Philharmonic, and sold-out Wigmore Hall for his performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes. NEXT UP – he is headed to Brisbane for three extraordinary music events with QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

The two concerts and an In-Conversation celebrate an incredible milestone for both Piers Lane and Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Piers Lane’s 40 year anniversary of first performing with the Orchestra. The events are a major highlight of the 70th anniversary of Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

On Thursday 12 October, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s In Conversation evening will give music lovers a rare opportunity to listen to Piers Lane as he talks about his career, his favourite pieces of music, concert halls he has played in, and his fondest memories of the Orchestra.

On Friday 13 October as part of the Morning Masterworks program, and the following evening as a Maestro concert, Piers Lane will star doing what he does best; commanding the keyboard as soloist with the Orchestra under the baton of Mexican conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke.

Piers Lane will perform one of his definitive works - the ultra-romantic Moszkowski Piano Concerto (if you love Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Chopin then this is for you). To close both concerts, one of the glories of Czech music - Dvořák’s Symphony No.7; a work of great Slavonic beauty delving the depths of his soul. 

Thursday 12 October from 5.30pm for 6pm, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio, South Bank
IN CONVERSATION – PIERS LANE
Gain a deeper insight into the guest artists that grace our concert stage. These up-close special events are illuminating and entertaining. 
Tickets available here

Friday 13 October from 11am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Morning Masterworks series)
QSO AND PIERS LANE – 40 YEARS
Conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Piano Piers Lane     
Moszkowski Piano Concerto No.1
Dvořák Symphony No.7
Tickets available here 

Saturday 14 October from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro series)
QSO AND PIERS LANE – 40 YEARS
Conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Piano Piers Lane     
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
Moszkowski Piano Concerto No.1
Dvořák Symphony No.7
Tickets available here 


 

ABOUT PIERS LANE

London-born and based, Piers Lane grew up in Brisbane and proudly calls Australia home. Five times soloist at BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds 90 works and has led to engagements with the world’s great orchestras. He has worked with the leading conductors of the world including Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marko Letonja, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit, to name a few. Many composers have written for Piers Lane and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson, among others.

Piers Lane has been the Artistic Director of Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007 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 most

Piers Lane’s discography of over 50 CDs includes much admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger.

Piers Lane 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. He has performed extensively with singers Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Yvonne Kenny, and Markus Schäfer and has collaborated with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg, Brett Dean, the Australian, Doric, Kodály, Medici, New Budapest, New Zealand, Prazak and RTE Vanbrugh String Quartets, and pianists Marc- André Hamelin, Hamish Milne, Kathryn Stott and Kathron Sturrock.

He is President of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK, Patron of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Old Granary Studio in Norfolk, the Tait Memorial Trust in London, the Youth Music Foundation of Australia and the Music Teachers’ Association and the Accompanists’ Guild in Queensland. He is a Trustee of the Hattori Foundation in London and Vice- President of Putney Music Club. In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as pianist, mentor and organiser.