“You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute…the atmosphere was spellbound. ” RPS Instrumentalist of the Year 2013

Biography

”Some pianists gild everything they touch with their own personality; some are like chameleons, finding a new colour for each composer. Last night the wonderful Scottish pianist Steven Osborne did both, which lent the whole evening a miraculous air…every note seemed to vibrate with intelligence” The Daily Telegraph, Feb 2016

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most notable musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards for recordings of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra and of solo works by Prokofiev and Mussorgsky.

Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to major orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Radio, London Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has enjoyed collaborations with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot, Juanjo Mena, Leif Segerstam, Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski, Ed Gardner and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

He is a favourite soloist of British orchestras and for the 16/17 season is Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Reflecting his eclectic musical taste, Osborne brings concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Messiaen, Britten and Tippett to Birmingham. He regularly works with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recently completed a Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle, and last August made his thirteenth appearance at the Proms.

Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. In recent seasons he has held residencies at both De Singel in Antwerp and at Wigmore Hall and has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, de Doelen Rotterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall. His chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, James Ehnes, Dietrich Henschel and Alina Ibragimova.

Highlights of 16/17 season include performances with the Oslo Philharmonic/Mena, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony/Brabbins, Dresden Philharmonic/Francis, Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Märkl. St Louis Symphony/Denève, Oregon Symphony/Kalmar, Hallé/Langrée and BBC Symphony/Oramo. Recital tours take him to Japan, Italy, Belgium, the US and Wigmore Hall.

This season also sees the release of his 25th CD on Hyperion spanning an 18-year partnership. These releases have accumulated numerous awards from the UK, France, Germany and the USA including two Gramophone Awards, three Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Awards, a Choc in Classica Magazine and many “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone. His recordings span a wide range of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Messiaen, Britten, Tippett, Crumb and Feldman. His second disc of Beethoven sonatas, opps 90, 10 and 106 is released in October 2016 and his recording of the Ravel Piano Concertos coupled with de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain is released in spring 2017.

Steven Osborne won first prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Competition in 1991 and the Naumburg International Competition in 1997. Born in Scotland he studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2014.
Steven Osborne
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