“You could have heard a pin drop. Steven Osborne’s power over the hall was absolute…the atmosphere was spellbound. ” Daily Telegraph

Biography

Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s foremost musicians, renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett and Britten. He has won numerous awards and prizes including the 2009 Gramophone Award for his recording of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra, as well as first prize at both the Naumburg International Competition (New York) and Clara Haskil Competition.

Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the NHK Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras he has enjoyed collaborations with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ludovic Morlot, Leif Segerstam, Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

In the UK he works regularly with the major orchestras, especially with the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. His concerts are frequently broadcast by the BBC and he performs every year at the Wigmore Hall. He has made eight appearances at the Proms, most recently in September 2010 when he performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1.

Steven Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publically and critically acclaimed. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, de Doelen Rotterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, De Singel, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall. His regular chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, Dietrich Henschel and Lisa Batiashvili.

Amongst the highlights of 2010/11, Osborne will perform with the London Philharmonic/.Jurowski (Beethoven), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony/Kalmar (Mozart), Stuttgart Philharmonic/Felz (Messiaen), Bergen Philharmonic/Mena (Messiaen), Hong Kong Philharmonic/Boyd (Mozart) and Sydney Symphony/Ashkenazy (Mozart). He completes his four part exploration of Schubert’s chamber music performing trios with Alban Gerhardt and Alina Ibragimova and the last three piano sonatas.

Steven Osborne has won many awards for his recordings on Hyperion. In addition to the Gramophone Award in 2009 (Britten), his recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was short-listed for a Gramophone Award and won a Schallplattenpreis whilst being chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, Musical Opinion and The Daily Telegraph: “This is outstanding Rachmaninov playing of acute perception, discretion and poetic sensibility, limpid, powerful and luminous in equal measure.” BBC Music Magazine May 09.. His double CD of works by Tippett was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award and his CD of Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus was also nominated for both a Gramophone Award and a Schallplattenpreis in Germany. Other recordings include Debussy’s complete Preludes, solo works by Alkan, Liszt Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, and solo works by Kapustin which was also nominated for a Schallplattenpreis. His latest recording of Beethoven sonatas was released in May 2010.

Born in Scotland in 1971, Steven Osborne studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

For further information please also visit www.stevenosborne.com
2010/11

Steven Osborne
Photo by Eric Richmond
 
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  1. No 8 in A minor – Rachmaninov preludes
  2. Prélude – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  3. Première communion de la Vierge – Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
  4. No 1 in G major: Andante con moto – Beethoven Complete Bagatelles
  5. Piano Sonata No 2 (1962) – Tippett: Complete Music for Piano (Piano Sonatas 1-4, Piano Concerto)
  6. À la manière de Chabrier – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  7. Variation VI: Nocturne – Britten: Complete works for Piano and Orchestra
  8. Schubert-Sonata in Bb D960 3rd movement
  9. Allegro rubato – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  10. Prélude – The Naumburg Foundation Presents: Steven Osborne • Ravel
  11. Mendelssohn 1st piano concerto, 2nd movement
  12. Allegro non troppo – Tippett: Complete Music for Piano (Piano Sonatas 1-4, Piano Concerto)
  13. No 7 in A flat major: Presto – Beethoven Complete Bagatelles
  14. No 14: Duettino – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  15. Rigaudon – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  16. Allegro capriccioso ma tempo giusto – Stravinsky - Complete works for piano and orchestra
  17. Larghissimo – Stravinsky - Complete works for piano and orchestra
  18. No 4 in D major – Rachmaninov preludes
  19. Pittoresco – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  20. Presto agitato – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
  21. Slow pulse – Tippett: Complete Music for Piano (Piano Sonatas 1-4, Piano Concerto)
  22. Variation VII: Badinerie – Britten: Complete works for Piano and Orchestra
  23. Allegretto – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
  24. Scarbo – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  25. Rondo giocoso con moto – Tippett: Complete Music for Piano (Piano Sonatas 1-4, Piano Concerto)
  26. No 30: Petit air dolent – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  27. La Valse – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  28. Promenade 1 – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  29. Oiseaux tristes – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  30. VIII Miserere d'après Palestrina – Franz Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
  31. The Great Gate of Kiev – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  32. Jeux d'eau – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  33. Feuilles mortes – Debussy: The Complete Preludes
  34. Allegro precipitato – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  35. Feux d’artifice – Debussy: The Complete Preludes
  36. Allegro – Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music
  37. Toccata – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  38. No 21: Morituri te salutant – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  39. Variations on an original theme in Ab major D813 – Schubert piano duets
  40. Allegro in A minor 'Lebensstürme' D947 – Schubert piano duets
  41. VIf – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  42. Limoges, the market place – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  43. Modéré – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  44. Vivace – Tippett: Complete Music for Piano (Piano Sonatas 1-4, Piano Concerto)
  45. Con una dolce lentezza – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  46. Allegro non troppo - Largo – Shostakovich and Schnittke Cello Sonatas
  47. Fantasie in F minor D940 – Schubert piano duets
  48. Andantino varié in B minor D823 – Schubert piano duets
  49. Menuet antique – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  50. Animato – Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
  51. Brahms 2nd piano concerto, 4th movement
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  53. Toccata – Britten: Complete works for Piano and Orchestra
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  55. Menuet – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  56. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
  57. No 1 in C major – Rachmaninov preludes
  58. No 9 in A major – Rachmaninov preludes
  59. No 29: Délire – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  60. Animé – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  61. Noctuelles – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  62. Allegro – Shostakovich and Schnittke Cello Sonatas
  63. Regard des hauteurs – Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
  64. Adagio sostenuto – Beethoven Piano Sonatas
  65. No 15 – Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music
  66. Oiseaux tristes – The Naumburg Foundation Presents: Steven Osborne • Ravel
  67. No 18: Liedchen – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  68. No 25: La Poursuite – Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  69. Menuet in C sharp minor – Ravel - The Complete Solo Piano Music
  70. Jardin du sommeil d'amour – Turangalîla-Symphonie
  71. No 3 in F major: Allegretto – Beethoven Complete Bagatelles
  72. No 7 in C minor – Rachmaninov preludes
  73. Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses – Debussy: The Complete Preludes
  74. Introduction – Turangalîla-Symphonie
  75. No 9 – Nikolai Kapustin Piano Music
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