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AO (Officer in the General Division of the
Order of Australia),
awarded to Piers

Queen’s 2012
Birthday Honours
11 June 2012
We are delighted to share with you that Piers Lane has received an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours.

“For distinguished service to the performing arts as an internationally renowned classical pianist, to professional and cultural organisations, and to the development of emerging musicians.”

Link to THE AUSTRALIAN is here

... this is what they write....

"Others to receive AOs included classical pianist Piers Lane, whose English father and Australian mother met while auditioning for the Royal College of Music, and choreographer Graeme Murphy, 61, who said his award was tribute to the longevity of his career and the creativity of his colleagues."
Two Portaits
Piers last year went to Hamburg to visit the Steinway Showrooms. Here are photos just received from the Steinway selection day in Hamburg last week, which was filmed for the Arte tv channel. Piers was selecting a piano for the ABC in Melbourne, and one for the Steinway dealers in Melbourne for a private sale.

Click here to view photos.
The Goldner String Quartet - information

View Artwork & sleeve notes HERE . (Top Left, below CD pic)

Ernest Bloch
Piano Quintets Nos 1 & 2,
Two Pieces, Paysages, Night.
Goldner Quartet & Piers Lane (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67638
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Winners were announced on 7 April 2009
As part of a worldwide celebration of Ernest Bloch's work to commemorate 50 years since his death, the International Ernest Bloch Society (IEBS) is promoting two chamber concerts at the Wigmore Hall on 20 April and 15 July 2009.

Click on the Flyer (left) to read further information and access the On-Line Booking facilities at the Wigmore Hall.

Piers and Tasmin Little (violin)
celebrated MYRA HESS DAY Wednesday night - National Gallery London

(nicely flagged on music journalist and author Jessica Duchen's blog ... here)

they gave a wonderful performance
... here they are after the concert

Nice clip on Jessica's Blog last Thursday re: the performance

February 2009 - Opening of the new Melbourne Recital Centre

The Melbourne Recital Centre will be Melbourne's second largest auditorium for classical music after the Arts Centre's Hamer Hall. It is on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, and it extends the arts precinct which includes the Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Piers played four concerts during the Opening Festival, one of which was broadcast LIVE on ABC Classic FM.
September 2008 - Classic FM Magazine CD
Classic FM Magazine - Home Page
for Classic FM Magazine - September 2008 - has Piers playing
CD Cover Page

Details and musical
excerpts from the cover CD:
"The Spirit of Russia" are here.
Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand in C sharp minor Op.9
Piers Lane (pf)
(Track 7) - from The Complete Preludes of Alexander Scriabin
Hyperion CDA67057/8
June 22nd 2008 - Eileen Joyce Centenary

On Sunday June 22nd Piers played a recital at the Boulder Town Hall in memory of Eileen Joyce, one of Australia's most famous exports. It's the centenary year of both the Town Hall and Eileen Joyce's birth. Though she was born in Tasmania, she grew up in Boulder Kalgoorlie, from where she was sent to Perth to study with the nuns. It was in Perth that Percy Grainger heard her and advised that she should be sent overseas to study - that she was a phenomenal prodigy. For the concert Piers will include three rarities - transcriptions of concerto movements by Grainger - Tchaikovsky 1, Schumann and Rachmaninoff 2. Eileen Joyce was renowned for these concertos among others, which she played frequently at the Proms. She was also famous for playing more than one concerto in an evening and changing her dress to suit each composer! She played the Rachmaninoff Second as the sound track to the classic film 'Brief Encounter'. Intriguing that it was another Australian, David Helfgott, who brought the 'Rach 3' to a larger public through another hit film - 'Shine'.

Further information about Eileen Joyce on this Tasmanian page.
November 25th 2008 - Dame Myra Hess Day - National Gallery - London

Piers was delighted that earlier this year, the National Gallery in London agreed, after the success of two similar events in 2006 and 2007, to institute an annual Myra Hess Day in honour of her wartime concert series, which famously ran from October 1939 through until April 1946. The idea originally came from Carmel Hart, who asked Piers to help with the artistic direction of the first event. He been asked to continue as Artistic Director of the annual Day. This year's series will took place on November 25th, in the Barry Rooms, where the original series took place.

HERE is a LINK to all events that took place on 25 November 2008.

... and here is the great lady herself playing Beethoven 'Appassionata', 1st mvt (1945)
April 20th 2009 - Ernest Bloch

Piers has also been asked to direct two concerts at the Wigmore Hall in 2009, in honour of the Swiss composer Ernest Bloch, who died fifty years ago next year. The first concert will take place on April 20th 2009 at 19:30, and will feature the Goldner Quartet from Australia, with whom he recorded Bloch's Piano Quintets for Hyperion. The second concert, July 15th 2009 at 19:30, will feature the violinist Jack Liebeck with Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg. Piers has also been asked to be a Vice President of the newly reformed Bloch Society. The Bloch CD, Gramophone Editor's Choice for December 2007, may be purchased either from Crotchet or Amazon. More details about Bloch's Piano Quintets can be found on Piers' Discography page.

Celebrated musicians awarded Doctors of Griffith University