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