“Old Friends and a Snazzy Pair of Socks”
Piers Lane and Amanda Hurton Piano Duo
Sunday 21 March 2021, 3pm
Piano duo Piers Lane and Amanda Hurton play pieces by Schubert, Mozart, Faure and Moszkowski.
AMANDA HURTON enjoys a varied career as pianist, accompanist, teacher, chamber music coach, examiner and adjudicator. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honours and won 10 major prizes including Concerto Prize twice and prize for best Diploma Recital. She has performed extensively in the UK and abroad in Europe, USA and Australia, also broadcast on BBC Radios 2/3/4 and French Radio. Amanda has been an ABRSM examiner since 1995 and has examined and given seminars abroad, also acting as mentor on the CT ABRSM Professional Development course. As recording producer in the past, she made recordings of orchestral, choral, chamber and instrumental works for record companies including BMG, ASV, Claves, Auvidis, Hyperion and Naxos. From 2003 Amanda produced six series of complete Piano Syllabus recordings for ABRSM, working with an array of international concert pianists and college professors. She is an occasional deputy piano teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School and has taken YMS pupils to concerto appearances in the UK and abroad. In May 2016 she was on the Jury of the Wales International Piano Festival Competition. Amanda lives in Esher and has had her own private piano teaching practice for over 30 years, and she also teaches at Hampton and Caterham Schools. Her pupils enjoy successes performing, and in festivals and competitions, and many have gone on to study music at College and University and have careers in music including in performing, teaching, conducting and composing.
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.
United Church of Egham, Egham High Street
£7 EDMC Members
£15 standard price, £7 student and under 21
Accompanied children under 16 free
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