Murray McLachlan (piano) 25th & 26th February 2011
Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line.
25th February, Bodega Stratvs at 19:30 - Tickets 30€
|Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor Beethoven|
|Prelude and Rondo Sonata Myaskovsky|
|Beethovan Sonata in F minor op.57 'Appassionata'|
|Choplin 24 Preludes op 28|
26th February, Camel House at 19:30 - Tickets 25€
|Fantasy and Fantasia|
|Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue in D minor Bach|
|Fantasie in F minor op.49 Chopin|
|Wanderer Fantasy in C Schubert|
|Chamber Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen Busoni|
|Peter Grimes Fantasy Ronald Stevenson
|Fantasie d'apres une lecture du Dante Liszt|
Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone-full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical- is a perpetual delight” (BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)
As a concert artist Murray McLachlan has received outstanding critical acclaim for intelligent and sensitive interpretations and superb technical ability. His prolific discography has received long-standing international recognition and includes over thirty commercial recordings, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Prokofiev and many rarities. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music under David Hartigan and Cambridge University as well as privately with Peter Katin, Norma Fisher, Ryszard Bakst and Norma Fisher.
McLachlan’s repertoire includes over 40 concertos and he has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing many invitations to perform abroad. In recent seasons his engagements have included performances in the USA, Scandinavia, South Africa, Poland, Byelorussia and Norway. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of his services to music in Malta. In 2003 he performed the complete cycle of 32 Beethoven Sonatas to critical acclaim in Manchester, and in 2004 his Wigmore Hall Erik Chisholm Centenary Recital and subsequent national tour attracted superlatives in the national press. His intense schedule continued throughout 2006 with 15 concerts in a ‘Shostakovich Centenary Recital tour’, which again received generous praise in the national press and included a return to the Wigmore Hall. Late 2006 saw McLachlan as soloist with the RPO in an extensive tour of Germany, performing Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ to capacity houses.
Murray McLachlan has given first performances of works by many composers, including Martin Butler, Ronald Stevenson, Charles Camilleri, Michael Parkin and even Beethoven! Recordings of contemporary music have won numerous accolades, including full star ratings, as well as ‘rosette’ and ‘key recording’ status in the latest Penguin Guide to CDs, and ‘Disc of the month’ and ‘Record of the month’in ‘Music on the web’ and ‘The Herald’. He is Head of keyboard at Chetham’s school of Music and tutor at the Royal Northern College of Musc in Manchester, as well as Artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer School and festival for Pianists, an event that attracts outstanding musicians annually from all over the world.
In recent years McLachlan has continued his busy schedule with many engagements, including tours to the Czech republic, US, Russia, China, NewZealand and Australia, and adjudication on international competitions. He gave a performance of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ in a special London concert at the Barbican on March 10th 2007 to mark the hall’s 25th anniversary. He was artistic director of the ‘Ronald Stevenson at 80’ festival at St. John’s Smith Square in April 2008 and has also launched a new international concerto competition for young pianists which will be staged for the third time in August 2011.Back
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