Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Wednesday 13 April, 8pm (pre-concert talk 7pm)
'That Mozart's works form a cornerstone of all Western Classical Music, but that he was only with us for a mere thirty-five years, would make it seem logical that the performance of this outwardly simple music - and in reality the most exposed, and therefore most revealing - would be a sine qua non for all musicians. In fact, it seems to me to be the ultimate goal. The key to performing his phenomenal output lies in maturity, confidence, and, above all, a retrospective understanding of his place in history.
'The vast majority of instrumental soloists and conductors accept that Mozart's music comprises the ultimate challenge. Not only did his works influence every major composer who came after him, right up to the present day, but his prodigious natural talent produced music of such unimaginable perfection that it almost feels like arrogance to perform them.
'After a long professional life of public performance of the music of all the major composers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, at the same time as private study of that of the greatest one of all, I feel now ready to try to scale the Everest of exposing my thoughts on Mozart to the listener.' Peter Donohoe
Peter Donohoe - A potted history
He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. See a few more interesting facts about this exceptional performer (Courtesy of Classic FM)
- Peter Donohoe has been performing concertos since he was a teenager: he studied in his home city of Manchester, first at Chetham’s School of Music and then at the Royal Northern College of Music.
- Further studies in Paris saw him being taught by the acclaimed pianist Yvonne Loriod, wife of the French composer Olivier Messiaen.
- In 1982, Donohoe won the joint-second prize in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition (there wasn’t a first prize awarded that year), which set him on the path to international acclaim. Subsequent concerto appearances followed around the world, and he now has well over 150 concertos in his repertoire.
- One of Donohoe’s career highlights was performing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002, for their first concert with Simon Rattle as the ensemble’s new Chief Conductor.
- Donohoe has worked with many of the world's greatest conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur and Sir Andrew Davis.
- In 2010, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List.