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Saturday 2 February 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre

Master Pianists IV: LEON McCAWLEY

Sonata in E, Op. 109
Sonata in A-flat, Op. 110
Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

One of Britain’s foremost pianists, Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning First Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, McCawley’s impressive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and twentieth-century repertoires. His recent CD of Haydn’s Sonatas and Variations for SOMM Recordings was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2017.

As a concerto soloist, McCawley performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, among them the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony and has worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, and Sir Simon Rattle.

McCawley’s discography includes Schumann piano music (Avie Records) selected as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone; the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (Avie), awarded a Diapason d’Or; Barber piano music (SOMM), awarded Critic’s Choice in The Gramophone in 2011; Brahms piano music (SOMM), selected as Classic FM ‘CD of the Week’ in 2012; Schumann Piano Music (SOMM); Rachmaninov’s complete Preludes (SOMM); and many other major works.

Saturday 19 January 2019, 7:30pm
Peterhouse Theatre


Generously sponsored by Mr David Kitson
Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Sonata in A, Op. 101
Sonata in G minor, Op. 22
Four Mazurkas, Op. 24
Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53

In October 2005, Rafał Blechacz emerged as the unquestioned winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (to underscore his distinguished performance among the remaining Competition participants, the international jury decided not to award the 2nd prize). Since this triumph, Blechacz has built an impressive reputation as a pianist of exceptional intelligence and spontaneity, combining flawless technique with a highly distinctive sense of musical poetry.

He has performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls, among them the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal in Munich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt-am-Main, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, to name but a few.

He has performed with some of the most distinguished orchestras under the direction of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Pavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Viktor Pablo Perez, Trevor Pinnock, Mikhail Pletnev, Antoni Wit, and David Zinman.

Rafał Blechacz records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.