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PETER DONOHOE

Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. Since his unprecedented success as joint winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has developed a distinguished career in Europe, USA, the Far East and Australasia. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

During the 2005/06 season Peter Donohoe’s engagements include concerto performances with Sakari Oramo with the Royal Concertgebouw and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. He also undertook a major tour to Russia and played solo recitals in London, Vienna and Moscow. In April and May 2007 he performed the complete works for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Past seasons’ orchestral concerts included the London Philharmonic/Jurowski, Deutsche Oper Berlin/Märkl, Bergen Philharmonic/Litton, Munich Philharmonic/Metzmacher and Oregon Symphony. He also performed on a major tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Music Director James Judd.

In 2002 Peter Donohoe played with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Sir Simon Rattle’s opening concerts as Music Director. He has also performed with all the major London orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. He was an annual visitor to the BBC Proms for seventeen years and has appeared at many other festivals including six consecutive visits to the Edinburgh Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron in France, and at the Ruhr and Schleswig Holstein Festivals in Germany. In the United States, his appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Peter Donohoe has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

Peter Donohoe is a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with the pianist Martin Roscoe. They have given performances in London and at the Edinburgh Festival and have recorded discs of Gershwin and Rachmaninov. Other musical partners have included the Maggini Quartet, with whom he has made recordings of several great British chamber works.

In 2001, Naxos released a disc of music by Finzi, the first of a major series of recordings which aimed to raise the public’s awareness of British piano repertoire through concert performance and recordings. Discs of music by Rawsthorne, Bliss, Darnton, Rowley, Ferguson and Gerhard have also been released to great critical acclaim.

Peter Donohoe has made many fine recordings on EMI Records and has won awards for them including the Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt and the Gramophone Concerto award for the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2. His recordings of Messiaen with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble for Chandos Records and Litolff for Hyperion have also received widespread acclaim.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Naxos Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Box Set Naxos 8.506013


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALWYN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Sonata alla toccata Naxos
8.557590
Concertos, Instrumental
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Concertos
BLISS: Oboe Quintet / Piano Quartet / Viola Sonata Naxos
8.555931
Chamber Music
BLISS: Piano Concerto / Piano Sonata / Concerto for 2 Pianos Naxos
8.557146
Concertos, Instrumental, Concertos
ELGAR (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552133-34
Chamber Music
ELGAR: String Quartet in E Minor / Piano Quintet in A Minor Naxos
8.553737
Chamber Music
FERGUSON / GERHARD / ROWLEY / DARNTON: Piano Concertos Naxos
8.557290
Concertos
FINZI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556836
Orchestral
FINZI: Cello Concerto / Grand Fantasia and Toccata / Eclogue Naxos
8.555766
Orchestral
GARDNER: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 1 / Midsummer Ale Overture Naxos
8.570406
Concertos
Gramophone Awards 2000 Naxos
8.555303
Chamber Music
HARTY: Comedy Overture (A) / Piano Concerto / Fantasy Scenes Naxos
8.557731
Concertos
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 2: Rhythm (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102035
Classical Documentary
PITFIELD: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Xylophone Sonata Naxos
8.557291
Concertos, Instrumental
RACHMANINOV: Music for 2 Pianos Naxos
8.557062
Instrumental
RAWSTHORNE: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.555959
Concertos
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
TIPPETT: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.557611
Instrumental
WALTON: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue / Sinfonia Concertante / Hindemith Variations Naxos
8.553869
Orchestral
WALTON: String Quartet / Piano Quartet Naxos
8.554646
Chamber Music

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