London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane AO stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and a series of sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers’ concerto repertoire exceeds 100 works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and leading conductors. He continues his longstanding partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little, the Goldner String Quartet and actress Dame Patricia Routledge. Frequent partners include cellist Zuill Bailey and clarinetist Michael Collins.
Currently Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition, Piers was also the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2007 until 2017. He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3, holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University, and in 1994 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007.
“I feel deeply honored to serve on the jury of the Menuhin Competition with such esteemed colleagues. And I have no doubt that there will be a veritable feast of extraordinary talent on display, all in the service of great music-making and inspired international cooperation! ”