Piers Lane (1 February)
London-born pianist Piers Lane has performed in over 40 countries, and his wide-ranging repertoire of some 60 concertos has led to engagements with many great orchestras. Piers is a well-known broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He grew up in Brisbane and holds dual Anglo-Australian nationality.
Early successes included broadcasts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the age of 12; a Special Prize in the Liszt-Bartok Competition, Budapest at 18; the prize for the Best Australian Pianist in the first Sydney International Piano Competition at 19; and a Churchill Fellowship Special Performance Award when he was 20, which financed two years’ study in the USA and at the Royal College of Music in London.
Piers Lane was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor for twelve years, in 1994. In 2015 he was made the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano.
A successful duo partnership with the violinist Tasmin Little continues to result in many recordings for Chandos.
In rare spare hours, Piers enjoys reading and the company of friends.