Christian Blackshaw (Piano)|
A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is
celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. His playing
combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding and, in the words
of one London critic, "sheer musicality and humanity". Pianist magazine,
reviewing his performance of Schubert's great B Flat Sonata D.960 at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall wrote that the work "has become the calling card of many a
pianist wishing to declare themselves a musician's musician and Blackshaw most
certainly belongs to this category".
Following studies with Gordon Green at the Royal College Manchester and Royal
Academy, London and winning the gold medals at each, he was the first British
pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire with Moisei Halfin. He later
worked closely with Sir Clifford Curzon in London. Christian Blackshaw has
performed with many leading orchestras including London Philharmonic, Hallé,
City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish
National, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St
Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Israel Philharmonic,
Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic and RAI Torino. Conductors with
whom he has collaborated include Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea
Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Neville Marriner. He has given chamber concerts
in London with the principals of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber
Orchestra of Europe and festival engagements have taken him to Stars of the
White Nights St Petersburg, Prague, Dubrovnik, Helsinki, Stresa, Britain in
Greece Festival Athens, Bath, Orford (Canada) and the BBC Proms.
He is also
Artistic Director of the Hellens Music Festival which was established in Spring
Recent notable appearances include South Bank International Piano Series,
Berliner Philharmoniker, Tokyo, Montreal, Aldeburgh Festival, Bamberg Symphony,
RAI National Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev. In May 2016
he completed his sold out debut recital tour in China, including memorable
appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing and Shanghai
Symphony Orchestra Hall.
His hugely acclaimed Wigmore Hall complete Mozart sonata series concluded in
early 2013 and subsequently Wigmore Hall Live have issued all four volumes.
Critics have been unanimous in their praise, describing these “landmark”
recordings as "captivating", "magical" and "masterful". Volume 4 is named as one
of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 in the New York Times.
|Christian Blackshaw - Mozart|
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08:22Christian Blackshaw Mozart Piano concerto no 20_1 part 2