Peter Lawson

piano

PETER LAWSON has appeared as soloist with most British orchestras, playing concertos from Mozart to Richard Rodney Bennett. Frequently broadcasting for Radio 3, Peter has given recitals throughout the UK as well as playing in Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Russia. With a repertoire stretching from the baroque to contemporary jazz, his many commercial recordings reflect a particular interest in more recent music and include Satie (EMI; awarded a Silver Disc), American Sonatas (2 CDs for Virgin Classics following a Churchill Fellowship to the USA) and Michael Nyman’s concerto (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Recent recordings include a new piano version of Rawsthorne’s Practical Cats (on Divine Art DDA 25169) and this current collection. Other composers with whom he has worked include Oliver Knussen, Alexander Goehr, Anthony Gilbert, Hans Werner Henze and Elisabeth Lutyens. Peter also works with the Equivox Trio (featuring Rob Buckland, saxophone and Simone Rebello, percussion), Tango5 (recreating the tango quintets of Piazzolla) and the recorder player John Turner with whom he has collaborated on many recordings of British music. Peter taught at Chetham’s School of Music for 40 years and has been external examiner for many institutions including the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Edinburgh-Napier and Birmingham Conservatoire. He continues as tutor in piano and tutor in contemporary piano at the RNCM, adjudicator and diploma examiner for the ABRSM.