Piers is writing a blog for
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Piers is visiting Hamburg on Wednesday to select new pianos
Wednesday 25th September HAMBURG, Germany

Choosing a piano at Steinway Hamburg

A German ARTE clip of Piers Choosing pianos in Hamburg

There is a short Arte Clip of Piers choosing a Steinway from 9 years ago. Click image.

Venue:Steinway, Hamburg Office, Rondenbarg 15, 22525 Hamburg, Germany

Piers is off to Hamburg on Wednesday to select three new Steinways

over two days, a C for the Primrose Potter Salon at the Melbourne Recital

Centre, and Ds for St Leonards School in Melbourne and for the Sydney

International Piano Competition.

A Steinway Model C
A Steinway Model D
(17th - 19th September 2019) - Venue: Potton Hall, Blythburgh Road, Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3EF

We have just seen some charming photos of the last Chandos Recording session of Piers Lane with Tasmin Little, (violin)
on Twitter which we would like to share with you. Click each thumbnail to enlarge.

Dutton Epoch
Dutton Epoch
Walter Braunfels Vol.4

Hebridentänze op. 70 (1950-51)
Ein Divertimento nach Schottischen Themen für Klavier und Orchester

Piers Lane (piano) BBC Concert Orchestra/Johannes Wildner

Orchester-Suite e-Moll für grosses Orchester op. 48 (1933-36)
Sinfonia Concertante (1947-48) EK TS TT TR
Konzert für Solo-Violine, Solo-Viola, 2 Hörner und Streichorchester op. 68

Hybrid SACD - Dutton Epoch - B07RRWDZTC

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Wigmore Hall, London
9th January 2019 at 19:30 - Recital by Piers Lane (piano) with Tasmin Little (violin)
Wigmore Hall booking
Today, 6th November

Wigmore Hall has just opened on-line booking for this recital to everyone.

The concert is filling up nicely.

If you wish to go, we suggest that you book soon, not to be disappointed.

(Click the Wigmore Hall Logo to go to the Wigmore Hall Booking Page)
Re: MELBOURNE RECITAL - Tuesday 23rd October 19:30

Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, Vic.


Tasmin Little and Piers Lane

ABC CLASSIC FM is broadcasting this recital on Sunday, 28th October
at 17:00
(Sydney time). Link to the relevant page by clicking the logo.
(Scroll down to 5pm, Sunday to read about this and then click "LISTEN LIVE"
button on their page)
Vote for Piers
LimeLight Magazine writes:

"Our critics have created a shortlist of 40 outstanding musicians and ensembles –
20 Australian and 20 international artists – for our annual Limelight Artists of the Year Awards."

(Cast your vote for Piers, if you'd like to) (Click Logo)
SMH 9th October
2 performnces
of Carl Vine's
new concerto

ABC Classic FM

Two ABC Broadcasts of Carl Vine’s new Concerto for two pianos -
"Implacable Gifts" - World Premiere - with pianists Piers Lane and Kathy Stott

WASO (Western Australian Symphony Orchestra) performance will be
broadcast on 19th May at 10am AEST

and the TSO (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) performance
will be broadcast on 29th May at 2pm AEST.

BBC Music Magazine May2018
NEW 16 April 2018

BBC Music Magazine (May 2018 edition)

carries an interesting interview with Piers.

To read the PDF (4.2MB) of this,

please click the thumbnail.

Hyperion Records
Hyperion CDA68217
The Romantic Piano Concerto No.75

Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838)

Piano Concertos Nos 8 & 9

Piers Lane (piano), The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein (conductor)

to be released: 27 April 2018

Read the Digital Booklet as PDF here (courtesy of Hyperion)

PRE-ORDER from iTunes PRE-ORDER this CD from iTunes (click logo)


CHAN 10977
CHANDOS released BRAHMS - The Three Violin Sonatas
by Tasmin Little with Piers Lane, 2 March 2018.

Piers and Tasmin appeared on Radio 3 - IN TUNE - talking about this release.
Please click the Chandos Logo to listen to samples from this forthcoming CD.

Radio 3 IN TUNE Piers and Tasmin Little talked about this CD release on BBC Radio 3
with Sean Rafferty and performed live in the studio.

Please click the - In Tune - logo to go to the relevant page.

Scroll slider forward to 1:34:30 to hear Tasmin and Piers.
CHANDOS RECORDS have just released a Trailer for the launch of this CD on March 2nd.

A musical adventure in Mekoryuk, Alaska.
A short video about the arrival of two renowned musicians, Zuill Bailey and Piers Lane,
on a tour of Western Alaska organized by the Sitka Summer Music Festival (8min).
(click the video image to see the video)
The full 25 minutes contribition on YOUTUBE from KTVA-TV is below. Enjoy!
A charming photo of Tasmin Little and Piers from their recital before Christmas in Dubai.
Who will be Limelight's Artists of the Year? You decide ... 

The magazine writes: 
"Vote here for who you'd like to see honoured in our Australian and
International Artists of the Year Awards. " (click link) 

Piers is delighted that Australian Music Magazine LIMELIGHT has included
his name in the list of Australian Artists who are nominated for the
2017 Australian Artist of the Year Award.

If you'd like to vote, please click the image (left) to be taken
to the LIMELIGHT Magazine website for you can vote.
This Saturday 12:00 (Sydney Time) ABC will broadcast Mozskowski's Piano Concerto
recentlu recorded in Brisbane (clock below) This Concert is now available on LISTEN AGAIN
( link on page) >>> Scroll forward to 29min:30 sec to hear Piers play.

$0 Years on
When accessing from the Radio3 logo, please scroll forward to 1hr: 36min to listen to Tasmin and Piers
talking and playing. (This is available for another 27days on LISTEN AGAIN)
Scroll forward to 1 hr 36 min to hear Tasmin and Piers
The End of the Piers Show - LImelight Magazine
Limelight Magazine carried an interesting article entitled :"The End of the Piers show"
in their July 2017 edition. Read the PDF here by clicking on the Limelight Logo.
web page: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/end-piers-show
An interview with Piers will be broadcast on September 3rd
Further images have been posted ...
And finally......What a memorable,emotional evening to celebrate ...
Piers Lane and after 11 years at Townsville. Thank you for the baton ... says Kathryn Stott
from AFCM... Piers Lane and the fabulous Kirsty McCahon. Last ones to leave just for a change!
Piers with the musicians at the end of this year's festival.
A Message from Piers to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, Qld.,. on 10 May 3017
A Message from Piers Lane 
It’s a joy to be writing this at my own desk in Putney in London. I’m getting an inordinate thrill out of domesticities like ironing and having friends over for dinner at the moment! So far this year, I’ve been in St. Petersburg, New York, Brisbane twice, Sydney, Bermagui, Melbourne twice, Spokane, Seattle, Sitka, Tucson, Townsville, Corfu, London and other places in England – a heady whirlwind of travel and concertising, with its attendant jetlag and deadlines. I’ve just played Chopin at Wigmore Hall and Tasmin Little and I have started concerts with repertoire we’ll record in June.
I’m penning this before shooting up to St. Luke's to hear Kathy Stott give a lunchtime concert with cellist Christian Poltera. We’ll have lunch afterwards and then tonight she flies off for a tour with the New Zealand String Quartet. No doubt Townsville and the AFCM will be much in our conversation this lunchtime. She’s in the throes of planning next year’s Festival and I’m still receiving requests and suggestions from artists and agents from all over, who are not yet aware that 2017 will be my final one. It’s lovely to be handing the baton to a close friend and to know that the Festival will be in the best possible hands.
I was so happy that Cyclone Debbie, though she blew away arrangements for the AGM and 2017 Program Launch, didn’t stop me giving a Chopin program at St. James’ at the end of March, as a sort of ‘farewell’ to the Townsville AFCM audience itself. It was a treat to see so many friends and to sense how soon the 2017 Festival will be upon us. It’s going to be quite a party judging from early ticket sales - be there or be square!
Warm regards,

PPiers Lane AO
Radio 3


BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" - Monday 24 April at around 4.35pm

Piers and Tasmin Little will be interviewed and play 3 pieces live:

B​rahms - Sonatensatz from FAE
Szymanowski - Sonata 2nd movement
Franck - Sonata 4th movement

The programme will be broadcast live on Radio 3,
simultaneously streamed on the BBC iPlayer
and BBC Radio 3 website, and available for catch-up
listening on BBC iPlayer for 30 days following the broadcast.

Classical Source

A lovely 5 STAR review was published on 20th April of Piers' Chopin recital
on Wednesday 19th April at the Wigmore Hall. Read it on the Reviews Page.
Piers is playing in two further Wigmore Hall concerts this year:

1. Schubert Lieder recital with German tenor Markus Schäfer on July 2nd at 19:30
Wigmore Hall Booking Link

2. and a recital with violinist Tasmin Little on September 30th. at 19:30
Wigmore Hall Pre-Booking Link and information
Further Future Performances in October and November
QSO and Piers Lane celebrate 40 years / Maestro Series
In October Piers will be playing the Moszkovski Piano Concerto with the Queensland Symphony
under Enrique Diemecke on the 13th and 14th October. Click below to buy tickets.
Box Office
Piers plays Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 with the Sydney Symphony under Brett Dean at the Opera House in October.
Please click below for Booking Link.
Box Office
Piers plays Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Auckland Philharmonic under Brett Dean on November 2nd.
Click below for further information and Box Office.
Box Office
THREE recent CD Releases:
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

Piano Quintet & String Quartet No 2
Goldner String Quartet, Piers Lane (piano)


Released: March 2017

Hyperion - Digital Booklet (PDF)
Chandos Records
Tasmin Little Plays Franck, Faure & Szymanowski

Franck: Sonata, M 8 (1886)
Faure: Romance, Op.28 (1877)
Szymanowski: Sonata, Op.9 (1904)


Released: March 2017

Hyperion Records
Hyperion Records - released: November 2016

The Romantic Piano Concerto
Hill & Boyle: Piano Concertos

Piers Lane (piano), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch (conductor)

Alfred Hill and George Boyle enjoyed distinguished careers in their native Australia and abroad—Boyle’s students in New York included Copland and Barber—though both are all-too-little known today. The piano concerto and sonata by Hill—the ‘grand old man’ of Australian musical life at the time—are effectively the same work, the one an orchestral expansion of the other. (click CD cover to learn more from the Hyperion website)

Piers is now at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Townsville, Qld. - AFCM posted a lovely photo, view it here:

Watch the trailer for the forthcoming Sydney International Piano Competition, where Piers is Artistic Director.

On Saturday, 7th May at 12.05 pm (Australian Time) Mairie NIcolson had an interview with Piers on ABC Classic FM.
Click ABC 40 logo to learn more, incl. Progamme information.
ABC Classic FM



(now expired)
We have updated Piers' Concert Schedule to August 2016 Link here
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The second volume of BRITISH VIOLIN SONATAS
by Frank Bridge, John Ireland, Sir Arthur Bliss,
Ralph Vaughan Williams, and William Lloyd Webber
is out now.

Artists: Tasmin Little (violin) and Piers Lane (piano).

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Bruch - Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane
Bruch - Piano Quintet in G minor, String Quaret No.1
and Swedish Dances Op.63 were published by
Hyperion Records wa released in April 2016.

Artists: Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane (piano).

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Classical Source review
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has today released its Schedule .... click link logo to view ....
Festival Programme 2016
Concert Schedule Page is also updated
PDF - Booking Form
Here is a link to the AFCM Booking Form
(Prioriy Booking Form for Members)
Mail to TicketShop PO Box 5181 Townsville QLD 4810 or scan and email to: ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au.
Limelight Magazine
LIMELIGHT - Australia's Music Magazine - carries
an article about the Festival Programme Launch.
Read it here by clicking the LIMELIGHT LOGO.
Dutton Epoch
NEW Release from Dutton Epoch

Walter Braunfels VOL.3
BBC Concert Orchetra
conducted by Johannes Wildner
Piers Lane piano

Out Now

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Conservatoire website
A lovely review for  Tasmin Little and Piers appeared on December 3rd in the Birmingham Post.

They gave a lunchtime recital at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire on December 1st.

followed by a masterclass with students from the Conservatoire.

Read the review on Piers'  REVIEWS  page. 
AFCM Festival E-Note
We received the AFCM Newsletter for October electronically today. (13/10/2015)
Full of interesting information, and details of next year's festival. To read it, please click on the Festival E-Note logo.
James Cook University

An Honorary Doctorate for Piers in Australia

Piers was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by James Cook University, Townsville, Qld.
on Wednesday 18th March at 15:00.

Pre-Order from MDT
NEW CHANDOS RELEASE (March 30th 2015)

SCHUBERT Chamber Works.
Tasmin Little (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), Piers Lane (piano). Chandos 2cds

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Fantasie in C major, Op. post. 159, D 934
Sonatas, Op. post. 137 Nos 1 – 3, D 384, D 385, D 408
Sonata in A major, Op. post. 162, D 574
Adagio in E flat, Op. post. 148, D 897
Rondeau brillant, Op. 70, D 895
Sonata in A minor, D 821

The Daily Telegraph - 25 April 2015 - Review ****

Schubert's genial personality comes through on the first disc of this two-CD set. In four violin sonatas written while he was still in his teens there are none of the troubles and inner searchings that were to be enshrined in the later "Death and the Maiden" string quartet or the last piano sonatas.
Exuberance is the keyword here, and that is precisely what Tasmin Little and Piers Lane bring to them in delightfully positive performances, bristling with vigour and with tenderness and tonal subtlety that make the music spring to life. Taste goes hand in hand in those pieces with healthy spirit in as it does in “Rondo brillant" that opens the second disc. But here the Classical profile of the earlier works has given way to a seam of more dramatic, Romantic sensibility that Little and Lane top with verve, ardour and spark. supplemented by an intensity and sensitivity of expression in the late C major Fantasy. The cellist Tim Hugh gives, with Lane, a poised, eloquently turned performance of the Arpeggione Sonata, and all three performers come together for the late "Notturno", a sublime performance. GN

November 2017

Sunday, 26th November after 19:00 - Sunday Opera with Deborah Cheetham
Williamson, Malcolm -
Piano Concerto No 1 in A major
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Piers Lane (piano), Howard Shelley (conductor)
Malcolm Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos [Disc 1] (Hyperion 680112)

ABC page link

Piers and the Goldner Quartet received the
Diapason d’Dor for their latest Hyperion CD.
Part Translation:
"This highly evocative and emotional reading [of Pierné’s Quintet] owes much to Piers Lane’s range of nuances and his use of pedalling: His subtlety, his fortissimo which is never forceful, and most of all the interaction he establishes not only with the quartet as a group, but with each individual member, make for a perfect interpretation of the work."
Diapason d’Or. (JULY 2014 edition)
The Guardian
1st August 2014
Piers Lane: "Townsville is in my blood"
From concert crawls to on-stage conversations, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is as intimate as its setting, says longstanding artistic director
Read the Guardian Australia Culture Blog by clicking the Logo.
Piers at the CHEFS of the NORTH Dinner last night.
The photo shows violinist Tasmin Little (left), Piers
and Maggie Beer, famous Australian chef (right) co-host at the dinner at Jupiters.
Photo by Evan Morgan/Townsvillebulletin.com.au
Piers at the end of the AFCM Festival with Tasmin Little (left) and composer Elena Kats-Chernin (right)
at Sandra's and Michael's party 07/08/14.
Tasmin had just been created an Honorary Australian Citizen by Michael and wears her Aussi Flag hat with pride.
The Age Melbourne
Article in THE AGE, Melbourne, June 5th 2014
Pianist returns to pay tribute to prodigious teacher
Piers Lane finds resonance in the work of Beethoven that reminds him of teacher Nancy Weir.

To read the article, please click THE AGE logo

has now finished.

On May 1st, Patricia Routledge and Piers were received by the Governor of Tasmania
at Government House in Hobart.

Here are a number of Photos on the Governor of Tasmania's website you may enjoy to view .
Hyperion website
Hyperion, £12.99

NEW CD out now

LOUIS VIERNE | String Quartet in D minor Op 12
GABRIEL PIERNÉ | Piano Quintet in E minor Op 41
Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet,

"Perceptive pitching and a warmth of spirit colour this record by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet, says Geoffrey Norris"
**** (Daily Telegraph)

Read the Telegraph review here.

AMAZON buying Link

A favourable review also appears in the May edition of THE STRAD magazine. Read it here.

Two excellent reviews have appeared: Music Web International and Classical Source.com

(Music Web International)

Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003) The Complete Piano Concertos

Piers Lane (piano) Howard Shelley (piano) (Concerto for Two Pianos)
Yoram Levy (trumpet), Mark Bain (trumpet), Martin Phillipson (trumpet) (Sinfonia concertante) Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Howard Shelley

Piano Concerto No. 1 in A major (1958)
Concerto for two pianos and string orchestra in A minor (1971)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F sharp minor (1960)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major (1962)
Sinfonia concertante in F sharp major (1958-62)
Piano Concerto No. 4 in D major (1993)

Read them here: Music Web International | www,classicalsource.com
Piers' AFCM 2014 Programme Launch Video
AUSTRALIAN LIMELIGHT Magazine has a review this month of the Arensky-Taneyev CD.

Read it Here.
Piers Lane Goes to Town
has been in the Top Ten recently
(next week it is CD of the Week on Essential Classics! (BBC Radio 3)

Arensky/Taneyev CD and the above received IRR recommendations

both were in the toprated discs section in the October issue of International Record Review?
Gramophone Magazine featured this CD in December 2013. "Critic's Choice"
And Australian Limelight Magazine has a Review of Piers’ disc here
New Recordings are out
Naxos website
LISZT, F.: Berlioz - Harold en Italie / Romance oubliee / ROGER, K.: Viola Sonata (P. Dukes, P. Lane)

Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian-born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata.

NAXOS 8.573011

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ABC Shop
New Release from the ABC shop

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, KV482

Piers Lane, piano
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch conductor
PLU 348182 - Barcode 0028948102488

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ABC Classic FM
New Release from the ABC shop

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, KV491

Piers Lane, piano
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch conductor
PLU 348190 - Barcode 0028948102495

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Published on 8 Sep 2013
Australian concert pianist Piers Lane met Melanie Spanswick at Steinway Hall in London last week,
to talk about his highly successful career.
Jamie Crick on Classic FM
August 31st 2013 - Classic FM - Piers Lane goes to Town (Album of the weekend)

New Hyperion CD

Join Jamie Crick for the perfect music for your Saturday afternoon. Saturday 31 August

Jamie Crick has the perfect music for your Saturday afternoon, including another track from the Album of the Weekend, Piers Lane Goes to Town, a delightful journey through the 20th century filled with encores and party pieces.

Click CD cover to find out more
BBC RADIO 3 IN TUNE, Yesterday, Wednesday 28th August, after 16:30

Pianist Piers Lane gives a taster of his new recording of encores,
party pieces and pianophile rarities.


Slide scroll bar forward to 02:00:30 hrs to listento until 4th September.. (sadly, UK ;listeners only)

BBC Radio 3 "In Tune"
Click for more details

on ABC Classic FM

Many broadcasts from the AFCM are available for LISTEN AGAIN on the ABC here:

ABC Classic FM Scroll down to: "IN THIS SERIES..."
Hyperion website

Presto Classical
Hyperion October 2013 release
Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet
Arensky & Taneyev: Piano Quintets

Two chamber masterpieces from nineteenth-century Russia, performed by Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet. Taneyev has been known as the ‘Russian Brahms’ and this epithet is particularly apposite when considering his Piano Quintet in G minor, especially as regards both its instrumental writing and its intellectual passion. Composed in 1911, this massive work bids fair for the accolade of the greatest work in the Russian piano-chamber repertoire before Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet of 1940. Only the extravagance of its technical demands can explain its failure to establish itself in the standard repertoire. Arensky’s Piano Quintet of 1900 is less monumental and less flamboyant, though not exactly short of fireworks, especially in the piano writing. It is a deeply attractive and enjoyable work—and equally little-known on the concert platform.

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Presto Classical
Hyperion September 2013 release
Piers Lane goes to town

Composer Listing on Hyperion site here

Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.

This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

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Naxos website

Presto Classical
NAXOS July 2013 release
LISZT, F.: Berlioz - Harold en Italie / Romance oubliee / ROGER, K.: Viola Sonata
(Philip Dukes, viola, Piers Lane, piano)

Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian-born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata. Further chamber music by Kurt Roger can be heard on Naxos 8.572238

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Piers playing in Alaska last week.

View a photo from Sitka, Alaska, showing Piers playing in from of a stunning backgound.
Amazon website
CHANDOS website - British Violin Sonatas No.1 - played by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane

Available Now. (click thumbnail)

The new Violin Sonatas CD with Sonatas by Walton, Ferguson and Britten has just become available.

Learn more from the CHANDOS website here. (audio sample 2 min)

Piers and tenor Markus Schäfer gave a wonderful recital of Schubert Songs at the Wigmore Hall

yesterday, Sunday 17th. View a photo of the two from the Green Room here.

Read the review
A lovely review of Piers and cellist Zuill Bailey playing at the Wimbledon Festival recently

was published in the February edition of STRAD magazine. Read it here.

Limelight Magazine

AFCM website
Media Release - December 2012

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is thrilled to have won the 2012 Limelight Award for Best Event/Festival.

This is the third Limelight Award for this ten-day Festival, which sees local and international performers take over sunny Townsville every July and August.

For more information visit
the AFCM website (click logo)

Media Release

recent CD Release

CHANDOS released a new CD of Violin Sonatas by Strauss and Respighi

played by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane.

CHANDOS writes:
"Respighi is best known for his orchestral music, and Richard Strauss for both his orchestral music and operas, and therefore their chamber music has tended to take a back seat, however unfairly. On this disc we explore a few such neglected works, all of which display the full range of emotion, drama, harmonic exploration, and technical brilliance that characterised romanticism at its height."

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February 2013
Both sonatas are played here with complete understanding and spontaneity, and bring moments of true musical virtuosity. Piers Lane is a first-class pianist and forms a fine partnership with Tasmin Little, whose tone is caught with great beauty, for the Chandos recording is completely real and naturally balanced. Ivan March

Listen to samples on the Hyperion site (click CD)

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Hyperion Website Hyperion CDA67927 - Release Date: April 30th 2012
Goldner String Quartet with Piers Lane

String Quartet No.1 in F major Op 1
and No. 2 in A minor Op 5
Piano Quintet in F major Op.12

Acclaimed pianist Piers Lane and his fellow Australians, the Goldner String Quartet, reprise their highly successful partnership in these world-premiere recordings of the two String Quartets and Piano Quintet of Irish composer Hamilton Harty.

A first review has appeared in the Guardian. Read it here.

The Essay: Chopin
BBC RADIO 3 -  Home Page
1st March - 5th March - 23:00

On BBC Radio 3, Piers Lane presented a series of essays looking at five aspects of Chopin’s life and music to celebrate two hundred years since the composer’s birth.

Piers Lane looks at five aspects of Frederic Chopin's life and music to celebrate 200 years since the composer's birth.

Drawing on extracts from Chopin's own writing, and those who have written about him over the past two centuries, Piers looks at the myths, interpretations and veneration surrounding one of the most universally adored pianist/composers.

Chopin's name is synonymous with ideas of romance and melancholy. In this first programme, Piers explores how, despite being labelled as the archetypal Romantic pianist, Chopin resisted much of what is now associated with 19th-century Romantic piano music – the overt scene painting and descriptive title of his contemporaries such as Liszt, Berlioz or Schumann.

Later in the week, Piers looks at how the composer innovated form and style on the piano, the instrument on which he focused so exclusively; Chopin's often overlooked role as one of the most sought-after teachers in Paris; his composing process and interpretations of his music; and the veneration from audiences and other composers that has always surrounded him.

Listen Again to the fifth episode this week here:
British Library

The British Library in London has made well over 1000 fine recordings
prior to 1956 available, for visitors to listen to.

Each week we'll provide a link to their piano catalogue for you to listen to while you browse.

Enjoy this wonderful facility.

This week we have Vladimir Horowitz playing

BRAHMS: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, no. 2. op. 83, B flat major
recorded: n/d - Just click the BL logo!